326 Short Notices on,forexample,Freud,Lacan,Fradenburg,andZizek.Andtheapproachis compelling. Edmondson draws on such concepts as jouissance, Nebensmensch, the Freudian `Thing', desire, the Other, and the Lacanian second (symbolic) death to deliver a challenging framework for his exploration into textual neighbourliness. At times quite dense, ultimately the book is an exercise in negotiating theory. This reviewer is still struggling with the array of jouissances (for the first chapter alone: Cresseid's, the Narrator's, Henryson's each jouissance differing in respect of their own specific categories of neighbouring) and the seeming paradox (described also as ambivalence whose?) in jouissance as pleasure, as burden, and as suffering. Indeed, this complexity itself implies an ideal reader who shares the specialized `in' psychoanalytic knowledge fundamental to the argument. But (and I am not speaking here as an expert) I wonder if Edmondson's use of psychoanalysis is not at times a trifle over wrought. Nevertheless, this is a valuable contribution to the field and a book that well repays deep engagement, critique, and debate, for there is a level of erudition here that is not easy to put to one side, and which calls out for further discussion. But its strength is also its weakness.The density of critique
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Feb 14, 2012
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