Body, Blood and Sexuality: A Psychoanalytic Study of St. Francis' Stigmata and Their Historical Context

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In 1224 St. Francis had his stigmata, the first stigmata in history. These spontaneous bleeding wounds, which model those of the crucified Jesus, can be considered a symptom of conversion-hysteria. According to Freud's concept of hysteria, the body, through the symptom, conveys the message of an underlying conflict, which is primarily sexual, an outcry of frustrated femininity. The stigmata of St. Francis raises two major questions: that of the psychological makeup to enable the development of such a hysterical symptom, and ...

Body, Blood and Sexuality: A Psychoanalytic Study of St. Francis' Stigmata and Their Historical Context 1993, Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften, New York

ISBN-13: 9780820417677

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