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Subject of Desire: Petrarchan Poetics and the Female Voice in Louise Labe
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Subject of Desire: Petrarchan Poetics and the Female Voice in Louise Labe (Hardback)

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The French Renaissance poet Louise Labe is one of the most striking and influential women writers of early modern Europe. In her broad-ranging volume of prose and poetic works (1555), Labe transforms the position of woman in Renaissance discourse from an object to a subject of erotic and artistic desire and privileges the notion of desire itself as a central problem for literary and psychic exploration.Deborah Lesko Baker presents the dramatic creation and evolution of female subjectivity in Labe as a passionate quest for internal selfhood made possible both through authentic self-study and self-expression and through authentic connection and exchange with others in the real world. In so doing she analyzes how the development of the female subject coincides with an ongoing interrogation of the inherited models of the Petrarchan lyric tradition.The Subject of Desire traces Labe's restructuring of the female subject and speaking voice through a detailed, integrated study of all four texts comprising the 1555 xuvres. Through a series of close readings, the book highlights Labe's revision of Petrarchan poetics and her creation of an original voice in the evolution of the French Renaissance lyric. In detailing Labe's movement from acute interiority to active exteriority, The Subject of Desire reveals how Labe struggles to construct a new set of values concerning communication about love in both public and private discourse-values that her readers are called upon to consider as they face the complexities of their own personal experiences.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poetsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologySexual behaviour Publisher: Purdue University Press Publication Date: 01/06/1996 ISBN-13: 9781557530882  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 30/06/1996.  

Deborah Lesko Baker is an associate professor of French at Georgetown University, USA. She is author of Narcissus and the Lover: Mythic Recovery and Reinvention in Sceve's "Delie" and of articles on Renaissance poetry and mythic structures in literary texts.

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