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Love's Wounds: Violence and the Politics of Poetry in Early Modern Europe

Cynthia N. Nazarian


This book takes an in-depth look at the widespread language of violence and abjection in early modern European love poetry. Beginning in fourteenth-century Italy, the book shows how Petrarch established a pattern of inequality between suffering poet and exalted Beloved rooted in political parrhēsia. Sixteenth-and early seventeenth-century French and English poets reshaped Petrarch's model into an idiom of extravagant brutality coded to their own historical circumstances. The book argues that these poets exaggerated the posture of the downtrodden lover, adapting the rhetoric of powerless desire ... More

Keywords: violence, abjection, love poetry, Petrarch, parrhēsia, vulnerability, desire, sonnets, countersovereignty, suffering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501705229
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia N. Nazarian, author
Northwestern University