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Absent Narratives: Medieval Literature and Textual Repression

Scala, Elizabeth Doreen. "Absent Narratives: Medieval Literature and Textual Repression." PhD thesis, Harvard, 1994.

Review

"Absent Narratives argues for the structural centrality of missing stories — those implied, alluded to, or fragmented — in medieval narrative. Chapters devoted to Chaucer, Gower, Malory, and the Gawain-poet discuss the manifestations and operations of the untold in terms of repression and its attendant parapraxes. By engaging the structure of these works at a level of narrative excess — that is, precisely where critical commentary breaks down (or is markedly absent itself) — Absent Narratives formulates a theory of how texts "speak" out of what they "hide." Employing a postructuralist model of repression in order to describe the effect of the untold and unspoken upon narratives, Absent Narratives theorizes a 'textual unconscious' in medieval narrative and manuscript culture." [JGN 15.1]

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:Dissertation Abstracts International 56(1995): 187-A.
Subjects:Backgrounds and General Studies
Manuscripts and Textual Studies

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