The Deceived Husband is an ambitious and original study of the representation in European literature of adultery, focusing in particular on the figure of the husband. Drawing on psychoanalysis, and primarily the work of Melanie Klein, Dr Sinclair argues that the differing representations of the deceived husband evidence anxieties within patriarchal society about gender and power, and ultimately about death and the unknown. Detailed discussions of a wide rangeof texts including The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, Othello, Madame Bovary, Effi Briest, Anna Karenina, La Regenta, and Flaubert's Parrot reveal that fundamental anxieties about masculinity are repeatedly articulated in two main characterizations of the deceived husband: the cuckold and the manof honour. These are representations which can be usefully understood, the book shows, with reference to the two early developmental positions forwarded by Klein: the paranoid-schizoid and the depressive positions. Innovative and challenging, The Deceived Husband is an important examination of a previously neglected aspect of European literature and a significant addition to psychoanalytic literary criticism in general.