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The Deceived Husband: A Kleinian Approach to the Literature of Infidelity

Alison Sinclair


This book studies the representation in European literature of adultery, focusing in particular on the figure of the husband. Drawing on psychoanalysis, and primarily the work of Melanie Klein, it argues that the differing representations of the deceived husband evidence anxieties within patriarchal society about gender and power, and ultimately about death and the unknown. Detailed discussions of a wide range of texts including The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, Othello, Madame Bovary, Effi Briest, Anna Karenina, La Regenta, and Flaubert's Parrot reveal that fundamental anxieties about masc ... More

Keywords: European literature, adultery, husband, Melanie Klein, gender, power, masculinity, cuckold, honour, paranoid schizoid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198151906
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Sinclair, author
Clare College, Cambridge