Claustrophilia: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature (New Middle Ages)

Claustrophilia: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature (New Middle Ages)

Cary Howie


If ours is a cultural second intensely interested by enclosed space--the compartments of our offices, the confessionals of our church buildings, the bedrooms of fact tv, and the entire a variety of closets we pop out of and retreat into--our fascination isn't fullyyt new. This booklet argues that the non secular literature of the past due center a long time articulates with nice subtlety and vividness the level to which all being is to a point enclosed being. In different phrases, we're all within the closet, and that will be an outstanding factor. via prolonged readings of English, French, and Italian writers of the 13th and fourteenth centuries, Claustrophilia exhibits that medieval enclosures really make room for wants and groups poetics of natural openness might exclude. whilst God holds and confines, revelation is in the limits and never past them. hence, this ebook says, love your closet; it is just via what holds and defines us that we will be able to be aware of and love the realm.

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