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Perpetua's PassionsMultidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis$
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Jan N. Bremmer and Marco Formisano

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199561889.001.0001

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The Conquest of the Real by the Imaginary

The Conquest of the Real by the Imaginary

On the Passio Perpetuae

(p.220) XI The Conquest of the Real by the Imaginary
Perpetua's Passions

Hartmut Böhme

, Jeanne Riou
Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a reading of Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, treating the text as a literary testimony and placing strong emphasis on one dimension only: every literary text can be seen as an aggregate of encoded psychic energies. It argues that the Perpetua text cannot be adequately understood without recourse to psychoanalytic and psychohistorical approaches.

Keywords:   Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis, Christians, martyrs, Perpetua, psychic energies, martyrdom

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