Pleasure and gender in the writings of Thomas More: pursuing the common weal

A. D. Cousins*

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Pleasure and Gender in the Writings of Thomas More argues that, from what appears to be his earliest nonpolemical work, "Pageant Verses," until what we know to be his last, De tristitia Christi, More sees the will to pleasure as central to the experience of being human: as a primary human impulse or, at the least, a compelling power within the human consciousness. In tracing how More examines the will to pleasure in our lives, Cousins also examines More's recurrent concern with gender's inflecting and expressing this desire. More clearly views gender as potentially restrictive or empowering in many respects, which is discussed in relation to several of More's texts. Exploring pleasure and gender in relation to issues of the common good and of the (good) state, More probes how people make sense of chance (and, alternatively, how they do not), how friendship works interpersonally and beyond national boundaries, and what roles people play (as well as to what roles they can aspire). As Cousins asserts, pursuing the common weal was for More both necessary and desirable, and he himself pursued this on behalf of his country, the republic of letters, and the Church Militant.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPittsburgh
PublisherDuquesne University Press
Number of pages178
ISBN (Print)9780820704388, 0820704385
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameMedieval & Renaissance literary studies


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