Covert Operations

Covert Operations

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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book In Covert Operations, Karma Lochrie brings the categories and cultural meanings of secrecy in the Middle Ages out into the open. Isolating five broad areasa€”confession, women's gossip, medieval science and medicine, marriage and the law, and sodomitic discoursea€”Lochrie examines various types of secrecy and the literary texts in which they are played out. She reads texts as central to Middle English studies as the qParson's Tale, q the qMiller's Tale, q the Secretum Secretorum, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as well as a broad range of less familiar works, including a gynecological treatise and a little-known fifteenth-century parody in which gossip and confession become one. As she does so she reveals a great deal about the medieval pasta€”and perhaps just as much about the early development of the concealments that shape the present day.The confessional preoccupations of the poem cannot be separated from the bedroom seduction scenes, nor from the ... the delicate interrelationships of what Foucault called the aquot;Westa#39;s most highly valued techniques for producing truth, aquot; and, anbsp;...

Title:Covert Operations
Author: Karma Lochrie
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press - 2012-05-28

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