The Leprous Man - Kate Simons

The Leprous Man

By Kate Simons

  • Release Date - Published: 2010-06-24
  • Book Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Author: Kate Simons
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This book explores the extraordinarily violent and abusive nature of Stephen Donaldson's male protagonists. Thomas Covenant of ‘The Chronicles’ is a leper, rotten and physically collapsing. In ‘Mordant's Need’ and ‘The Gap’ series the male characters are moral lepers. ‘The Gap’ offers a Janus-faced male lead in the form of two men who are both multiple rapists. The male hero in ‘Mordant's Need’ is outwardly socially acceptable but his alter egos are overly corporeal and sexually obsessed. In spite of their unappealing condition, all these protagonists yearn to be loved. Using the psychoanalytical theories of Julia Kristeva, this book identifies reasons for Donaldson's derogatory characterization and provides an insight into why these novels cannot allow their male protagonists to establish viable love relationships. This study also explains why maternal characters are jettisoned from the narratives, considers the problematic nature of father figures and examines the incipient undertow of psychosis.

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