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Claustrophilia: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature (The New Middle Ages)

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If ours is a cultural moment intensely fascinated with enclosed space--the cubicles of our workplaces, the confessionals of our churches, the bedrooms of reality television, and all the various closets we come out of and retreat into--our fascination isn't entirely new. This book argues that the religious literature of the late Middle Ages articulates with great subtlety
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 15th 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Karl Steel
Jan 13, 2008 Karl Steel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who know what unconcealment means; phenomenologists
Shelves: medieval, theory
Brilliant and difficult. Here's my review: http://jjcohen.blogspot.com/2008/01/w...

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"Between mine and not mine, what intervenes is close to mine, neither appropriable nor wholly other: within reach, without ever being fully grasped" (15).
"The soul does not assimilate what it sees; it is acted upon, it touches the seen, and is thereby drawn out of itself, across itself, into the edge of something new. The threshold stretches" (100).
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