1 Greenblatt, ‘‘Psychoanalysis and Renaissance Culture,’’ 210–24. See
Schiesari’s critique of this essay in The Gendering of Melancholia, 22–26.
I discuss the question of psychoanalysis and Renaissance subjectivity at
esting defenses of the use of psychoanalysis for pre- and early moder-
Smith, Repossessions; Mazzio and Trevor, Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and
Early Modern Culture;Dinshaw, Getting Medieval;andFradenburg, Sacriﬁce
interpretation seems to follow upon rather than to explain Renaissance
texts. . . . Psychoanalytic interpretation is causally belated, even as it is
but even prior to and themselves the causes of the very phenomena of
which in actual fact they were the results’’ (‘‘Psychoanalysis and Renais-
sance Culture,’’ 221).
sentialist conceptions of the self which took effective hold only in the
Romanticism and modernism, have been retrospectively read into the
of early modern textual subjectivity, see Cave, The Cornucopian Text.
4 Dollimore, Sexual Dissidence, 280.