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The Secret Wound: Love-Melancholy and Early Modern Romance

Marion A. Wells


This book offers a new reading of early modern romance in the light of historically contemporary accounts of mind, and specifically the medical tradition of love-melancholy. It argues that the medical profile of the melancholic lover provides an essential context for understanding the characteristic patterns of romance: narrative deferral, epistemological uncertainty, and the endless quest for a quasi-phantasmic beloved. The book establishes a detailed historical basis for investigating the psychological structure of romance. It begins by tracing the development of the medical disorder first k ... More

Keywords: romance, love-melancholy, melancholic lover, narrative deferral, epistemological uncertainty, quasi-phantasmic beloved, medical disorder, Orlando Furioso, amor hereos, lovesickness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780804750462
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804750462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marion A. Wells, author