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Father-Daughter Incest in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (eBook, PDF)

The father-daughter incest belongs to the core of cultural taboos and is at the same time a very productive topic in literature. The study is dedicated to the period from 1200 to 1600, when incest primarily affects legal and theological issues from a canonical perspective, and focuses on the connection between incest and emotion, which has so far only been rudimentarily dealt with in medieval studies, and which are connected via the term taboo become. Using selected biblical and ancient materials and their reception, the study asks about the role of emotions and strategies of taboos, so that tendencies towards taboos and emotions become evident in a comparative close reading. In this way, it is possible to use a broad database to prove that emotions in medieval and early modern narratives of father-daughter incest have a central function in narrative design, normative orientation, character and narrative communication and at the level of reception. In principle, the developed instruments are open to analyzing emotions in the literature that go beyond the incest topic.


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  • Product details
  • Published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co.KG
  • Number of pages: 385
  • Release Date: April 1, 2019
  • German
  • ISBN-13: 9783110618440
  • Item no .: 56250192