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Chaucers Middle English Glossary Dictionary

  The Canterbury Tales was one of the first books printed in England. Its story depicts the intricacies and social customs of the Anglo-Saxon middles ages and its language is fascinating, if not daring for its time. Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" is one of the greatest works of Literature in the English world. This dictionary of terms of Chaucer's main literary work "Canterbury Tales" is an excellent resource for all those interested in this amazing piece of work from the Middle Ages. It presents a exhaustive compilation of words used in the book and their equivalent in modern-day English.


 
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repressive hypothesis

A term that Focault introduces in the History of Sexuality.  It is the view that truth is is repressed by a powerful force and that we can liberate ourselves by getting down to the truth.  Foucault opposes the "repressive hypothesis"
  to "bio-technico-power (or bio-power). (Dreyfus and Rabinow, p. 127).  The repressive hypothesis about sexuality is that western civilization has moved from a time of shameless sexuality to an era of repressed sexuality, restricted to the parents' bedroom. (Part 2 of the five part The History Sexuality is called The Repressive Hypothesis).  The repressive hypothesis holds that sex is repressed because it is incompatible with the work ethic in the rise of capitlism during the last two centuries.

In the repressive view of power "[All power] can do is forbid, and all it can command is obedience. Power, ultimately, is repression; repression, ultimately, is the imposition of the law; the law, ultimately, demands submission." (Dreyfus & Rabinow, p. 130)

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