Stockton 2013 Seduction

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Author: Will Stockton

Title: The Seduction of Milton’s Lady

Subtitle: Rape, Psychoanalysis, and the Erotics of Consumption in Comus

In: Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

Edited by: James M. Bromley and Will Stockton

Place: Minneapolis, MN

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Year: 2013

Pages: 233-261

ISBN-13: 9780816680764 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780816680771 (paper) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781452939476 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 17th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / John Milton



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Author: Will Stockton, Department of English, Clemson UniversityAcademia.edu

Abstract: »In "The Seduction of Milton's Lady: Rape, Psychoanalysis, and the Erotics of Consumption in Comus," Will Stockton also examines rape in the context of fantasy, specifically by reading Milton's Comus as a rape fantasy. According to the reading, which draws on Freudian seduction theory, drinking itself becomes legible as a sexual act, not simply as a metaphor for sex, as many critics have claimed when discussing Comus's cup. Psychoanalysis both provides Stockton with a way of attending to the epistemological resistance of sex and allows him to create a theoretical space for the strategic use of sex as an anachronism in the retrospective reconstruction and broadening of sex as a historical category.« (Source: Will Stockton and James M. Bromley. »Introduction: Figuring Early Modern Sex.« Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England. Edited by James M. Bromley et al. Minneapolis 2013)

Wikipedia: John Milton: Comus


Added: January 24, 2015 – Last updated: January 24, 2015