Castration

Castration

An Abbreviated History of Western Manhood

eBook - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of castration exploring its origin to how it is percieved today.

Taylor
& Francis Publishing

Castration is a lively history of the meaning, function, and act of castration from its place in the early church to its secular reinvention in the Renaissance as a spiritualized form of masculinity in its 20th century position at the core of psychoanalysis.

Book News
Though for the past century castration has signaled a loss of manhood, says Taylor (English and Renaissance studies, U. of Alabama), for most of western history it was a mark of power and divinity. He traces the meaning, function, and act from the words of Jesus in Matthew and early Christianity to its secular reinvention in the Renaissance and its 20th-century position at the core of psychoanalysis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Castration is a history of the meaning, function, and act of castration from its place in the words of Jesus in the Gospel According to Matthew and the early Church - where Augustine and the Fathers shaped the basic philosophic concepts of sexuality and chastity - to its secular reinvention in the Renaissance and its twentieth-century position at the core of psychoanalysis.
Taylor connects castration to the ancient (and continuing) human drive to re-engineer our own biology. In the medieval love story of Abelard and Heloise a violent castration makes Abelard a better theologian. In the year 2000 a sterile but otherwise functioning man is a boon to the woman who desires sex without the burdens of pregnancy.
Ranging from allegory to zooarchaeology, Castration turns an unusual and discomforting topic into a thoroughly enjoyable narrative on man's obsessive relationship to his genitals, his sexuality, and his manhood.

Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2000
ISBN: 9780203904558
0203904559
9780415927857
0415927854
Characteristics: 1 online resource (307 pages)
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