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In the Skin of a Beast

By Peggy McCracken
  • ISBN Code: : 022645908X
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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In medieval literature, when humans and animals meet—whether as friends or foes—issues of mastery and submission are often at stake. In the Skin of a Beast shows how the concept of sovereignty comes to the fore in such narratives, reflecting larger concerns about relations of authority and dominion at play in both human-animal and human-human interactions. Peggy McCracken discusses a range of literary texts and images from medieval France, including romances in which animal skins appear in symbolic displays of power, fictional explorations of the wolf’s desire for human domestication, and tales of women and snakes converging in a representation of territorial claims and noble status. These works reveal that the qualities traditionally used to define sovereignty—lineage and gender among them—are in fact mobile and contingent. In medieval literary texts, as McCracken demonstrates, human dominion over animals is a disputed model for sovereign relations among people: it justifies exploitation even as it mandates protection and care, and it depends on reiterations of human-animal difference that paradoxically expose the tenuous nature of human exceptionalism.

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Iconic couples’ therapist and bestselling author of Mating in Captivity Esther Perel returns with a provocative look at relationships through the lens of infidelity. An affair: it can rob a couple of their relationship, their happiness, their very identity. And yet, this extremely common human experience is so poorly understood. What are we to make of this time-honored taboo—universally forbidden yet universally practiced? Why do people cheat—even those in happy marriages? Why does an affair hurt so much? When we say infidelity, what exactly do we mean? Do our romantic expectations of marriage set us up for betrayal? Is there such a thing as an affair-proof marriage? Is it possible to love more than one person at once? Can an affair ever help a marriage? Perel weaves real-life case stories with incisive psychological and cultural analysis in this fast-paced and compelling book. For the past ten years, Perel has traveled the globe and worked with hundreds of couples who have grappled with infidelity. Betrayal hurts, she writes, but it can be healed. An affair can even be the doorway to a new marriage—with the same person. With the right approach, couples can grow and learn from these tumultuous experiences, together or apart. Affairs, she argues, have a lot to teach us about modern relationships—what we expect, what we think we want, and what we feel entitled to. They offer a unique window into our personal and cultural attitudes about love, lust, and commitment. Through examining illicit love from multiple angles, Perel invites readers into an honest, enlightened, and entertaining exploration of modern marriage in its many variations. Fiercely intelligent, The State of Affairs provides a daring framework for understanding the intricacies of love and desire. As Perel observes, “Love is messy; infidelity more so. But it is also a window, like no other, into the crevices of the human heart.”

Conflicted Identities and Multiple Masculinities

By Jacqueline Murray
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136528474
  • Total of Pages : 300
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 149
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"First Published in 1999, Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company."

Romantic Love

By Yolanda van Ede
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  • Publisher : LIT Verlag Münster
  • Book Code : 9783825800437
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 285
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Kingship, Conquest, and Patria

By Kristen Lee Over
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135474168
  • Total of Pages : 244
  • Category : History
  • Members : 472
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First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Queens Regnant of Navarre

By Elena Woodacre
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137339152
  • Total of Pages : 267
  • Category : History
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The five queens of Navarre were the largest group of female sovereigns in one European realm during the Middle Ages, but they are largely unknown beyond a regional audience. This survey fills this scholarly lacuna, focusing particularly on issues of female succession, agency, and power-sharing dynamic between the queens and their male consorts.