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Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy

Will Stockton


Arguing that the early modern excremental body is in many ways an erotic body, this book reads psychoanalytic theory through early modern comedies, claiming that it is helpful, rather than inimical, to the project of historicizing the body. Noting that psychoanalysis has traditionally operated in a paranoid framework that relentlessly produces evidence of the same “truths,” the book turns to a minority practice in psychoanalysis—associated with Jean Laplanche—to develop a more “playful” analytic for literary studies. This analytic brings together different discourses of sexuality and the body ... More

Keywords: early modern comedies, psychoanalytic theory, Jean Laplanche, literary studies, sexuality, queer historicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816674596
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Will Stockton, author
Assistant Professor of English, Clemson University

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