Book Reviews / 121 of the texts, where Barthes (on whom Mortimer has also written) often serves as discreet guiding spirit. At its best, Mortimer's prose and her thinking processes (since criticism is also both mimetic and semiotic) are delightful, as for example when her analysis performs the intertextuality she describes in Diderot. Lynn A. Higgins Dartmouth College Mitchell Greenberg. Baroque Bodies: Psychoanalysis and the Culture of French Absolutism. Ithaca ny: Cornell University Press, 2001. 278 pp. Mitchell Greenberg's new book is an extension of his previous work on the seventeenth century, but it also marks a departure. True to form, he is still primarily interested in reading French literature of the time through the lens of psychoanalysis--the melancholy Lacanian renunciation of the desiring body in favor of the paternal Name/Law, for instance, is one of the notes he continues to strike best. Likewise, he also remains committed to the proposition that (as he has put it elsewhere) "something happened in the seventeenth century," which is to say that the structures and tensions he is able to delineate in the literature of the period have to do with a passage to the "modern": if one can do, say,
French Forum – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Mar 24, 2003
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