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By Gary Taylor

Castration is a full of life historical past of the which means, functionality, and act of castration from its position within the early church to its secular reinvention within the Renaissance as a spiritualized type of masculinity in its twentieth century place on the middle of psychoanalysis.

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Eliot. He is, in my own estimation, at least the second greatest dramatist in English. Like the author of Oedipus the Tyrant, the author of A Game at Chess produced a body of work that deserves and rewards the attention of anyone seriously interested in the Western literary imagination. In particular, Middleton rewards the attention of anyone interested in sex. In his oeuvre, as in Freud’s, castration takes Contest of Texts 27 its place in an ambitiously global account of human sexuality. ” Although neither Tynan nor Stachniewski mentioned A Game at Chess, either could have quoted from it the following proto-Freudian defence of an attention to polymorphous perversity: All actions Clad in their proper language, though most sordid, My ear is bound by duty to let in And lock up everlastingly.

Biologically, the maternal womb or breast have stronger claims to signify what is always lost, perpetually sought, and never regained. ” when we could be asking, “What does hysterectomy mean?

And those complex rival systems turn upon opposed evaluations of the significance of different parts of the male anatomy. Which Contest of Males 47 is more important in the hierarchy of manhood: whether a man carries a big stick, or whether he has balls? ” So begins Sir Thomas Browne’s chapter “Of the Beaver” in his Pseudodoxia Epidemica; or, Enquiries into very many received tenets and commonly presumed truths (1646). He traces the opinion back to Egyptian hieroglyphics and records its reappearance in Aristotle’s Ethics, Aesop’s fables, the Roman naturalist Pliny, the satirist Juvenal, and other classical and medieval authorities.

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