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The Deceived HusbandA Kleinian Approach to the Literature of Infidelity$
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Alison Sinclair

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151906

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151906.001.0001

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The Deceived Husband: A Theoretical Introduction

The Deceived Husband: A Theoretical Introduction

(p.1) 1 The Deceived Husband: A Theoretical Introduction
The Deceived Husband

Alison Sinclair

Oxford University Press

This book explores the relationship between two statements as they apply to husbands, but also as they apply to the notion in general of being a man. The first is about the fate of man as husband, and the second is about the (unspecified) things a man must do if he is to be a man. They express in brief form the much more extensive expectations about the nature of men as husbands and as deceived husbands that will be revealed by the literary examples to be discussed. What is fascinating about the portrayals of these husbands in their suffering of marital infidelity is the degree to which there are common characteristics to be observed in them, characteristics which suggest a generality of pattern, formation, and explanation. The book targets two main types of portrayal of the husband – the cuckold and the man of honour – and discusses the principal theoretical framework on object-relations theory.

Keywords:   husbands, man, deceived husbands, marital infidelity, cuckold, honour, object-relations theory

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