The Medieval Fold

Power, Repression, and the Emergence of the Individual

  • Authors
  • Suzanne Verderber

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Suzanne Verderber
    Pages 1-24
  3. Suzanne Verderber
    Pages 117-162
  4. Suzanne Verderber
    Pages 163-167
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 169-198

About this book


Striking cultural developments took place in the twelfth century which led to what historians have termed 'the emergence of the individual.' The Medieval Fold demonstrates how cultural developments typically associated with this twelfth-century renaissance autobiography, lyric, courtly love, romance can be traced to the Church's cultivation of individualism. However, subjects did not submit to pastoral power passively, they constructed fantasies and behaviors, redeploying or 'folding' it to create new forms of life and culture. Incorporating the work of Nietzsche, Foucault, Lacan, and Deleuze, Suzanne Verderber presents a model of the subject in which the opposition between interior self and external world is dislodged.


Friedrich Nietzsche Gilles Deleuze individual Jacques Lacan Medieval Literature Michel Foucault Middle Ages reform subject

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-43349-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-00098-9
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