Yearning and Learning: Spaces of Desire in Jean Lemaire De Belges’ Concorde Des Deux Langages (1511)

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


This chapter examines the psychic trajectory of Lemaire’s protagonist, demonstrating the intertwining of Imaginary and Symbolic registers and thereby illuminating Lemaire’s treatment of consolatory rhetoric.


Symbolic Order Narrative Context Ideological Issue Psychic Development Lacanian Psychoanalysis 
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