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The Erotics of Grief: Emotions and the Construction of Privilege in the Medieval Mediterranean

Megan Moore

Abstract

This book considers how emotions propagate power by exploring whose lives are grieved and what kinds of grief are valuable within and eroticized by medieval narratives. The book argues that grief is not only routinely eroticized in medieval literature but that it is a foundational emotion of medieval elite culture. Focusing on the concept of grief as desire, the book builds on the history of the emotions and Georges Bataille's theory of the erotic as the conflict between desire and death, one that perversely builds a sense of community organized around a desire for death. The link between desi ... More

Keywords: emotions, medieval literature, grief, medieval elite culture, desire, death, remembrance, medieval Mediterranean elite

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501758393
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501758393.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan Moore, author
University of Missouri