giovedì 13 giugno 2013
Suzanne Verderber - The Medieval Fold. Power, Repression, and the Emergence of the Individual @ Palgrave Macmillan, Uk, 20 May 2013
Striking cultural developments took place in the twelfth century which led to what historians have termed 'the emergence of the individual.' The Medieval Fold demonstrates how cultural developments typically associated with this twelfth-century renaissance—autobiography, lyric, courtly love, romance—can be traced to the Church's cultivation of individualism. However, subjects did not submit to pastoral power passively, they constructed fantasies and behaviors, redeploying or 'folding' it to create new forms of life and culture. Incorporating the work of Nietzsche, Foucault, Lacan, and Deleuze, Suzanne Verderber presents a model of the subject in which the opposition between interior self and external world is dislodged.
1. The Gregorian Reform, Pastoral Power, and Subjection
2. The Courtly Fold: The Subjectivation of Pastoral Power and the Invention of Modern Eroticism
3. Chrétien de Troyes' Diagram of Power: Perceval
Suzanne Verderber is Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute, USA. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has authored articles on Hieronymus Bosch, Marie de France, and Michel de Montaigne, and has translated two books, Jean-Michel Rabaté's The Ethics of the Lie and Charles Enderlin's The Lost Years: Radical Islam, Intifada, and Wars in the Middle East, 2001–2006.