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Eros in Mourning : From Homer to Lacan - Henry Staten

Eros in Mourning

From Homer to Lacan

Paperback Published: 28th November 2001
ISBN: 9780801869990
Number Of Pages: 252
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"Eros in Mourning" begins with a reading of the "Iliad" that shows how Homer, not yet influenced by the ideology of transcendence, analyzes the structure of unassuageable mourning in a way that is as up-to-date as the latest poststructuralism. Then, in readings of Dante, "Hamlet, La Princess de ClA]ves, " "Heart of Darkness," and Lacan, Staten depicts the "thanato-erotic" hysteria that is set off by the specter of the dead and decomposing body that is also the body of sexual love and which, in the "transcendentalizing" tradition, is more female than male. Yet, St. John, certain troubadours, and Milton offer glimpses of a more affirmative relation to "eros in mourning."

At the end of Henry Staten's breathtaking Eros in Mourning we are left to stare blindly into the awesome face of that which is said to transfix the canonical avatars of Western man from the grieving hero Akhilleus (Achilles) in Homer's Iliad to the death-driven psychoanalyst in The Seminar of Jacques Lacan... A splendid series of readings. -- Steven Z. Levine Bryn Mawr Classical Review Staten is at his most astonishing when he illustrates how texts that on the manifest level appear to advocate an idealizing preservation of the self, on a latent one advocate a radical embrace of mortality and an absolute expenditure of the self. -- Elisabeth Bronfen Modern Language Review Eros in Mourning offers the groundwork for a new poetics, which we can confidently call a poetics of mourning. Cultural Critique

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Argumentp. 1
Two Arkhe-Texts
Before Transcendence: The Iliadp. 21
How the Spirit (Almost) Became Flesh: The Gospel of Johnp. 47
The Troubadours and Their Aftermath
Cruel Lady, or The Decline of the "Gay Science" from the Troubadours to Dantep. 73
Infidelity and Death in Hamlet and La Princesse de Clevesp. 98
Adam's Choice: Paradise Lostp. 108
Tragical-Existential
Inflicting/Mourning: Heart of Darknessp. 139
The Bride Stripped Bare, or Lacan avec Platop. 166
Notesp. 187
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780801869990
ISBN-10: 0801869994
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 28th November 2001
Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.42

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