Love, Desire and Transcendence in French Literature: Deciphering Eros Paul Gifford

ISBN: 9780754652694

Published: January 1st 2005

Hardcover

345 pages


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Love, Desire and Transcendence in French Literature: Deciphering Eros  by  Paul Gifford

Love, Desire and Transcendence in French Literature: Deciphering Eros by Paul Gifford
January 1st 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 345 pages | ISBN: 9780754652694 | 7.38 Mb

European literature and theory of the twentieth century have been intensely preoccupied with questions of Desire, whereas love has increasingly represented a fractured and strange, if not actually suspect, proposal: this is a prime symptom of anMoreEuropean literature and theory of the twentieth century have been intensely preoccupied with questions of Desire, whereas love has increasingly represented a fractured and strange, if not actually suspect, proposal: this is a prime symptom of an age of deep cultural mutation and uncertainty.

Paul Giffords book allows this considerable contemporary phenomenon to be observed steadily and whole, with strategic understanding of its origins, nature and meaning. Gifford paints a clear and coherent picture of the evolution of erotic ideas and their imaginary and format expressions in modern French writing. He first retraces the formative matrix of French tradition by engaging with five classic sources: Platos Symposium, the Song of Songs, the myth of Genesis, the tension between Greek Eros and Christian Agape and the repercussions of Nietzsches declaration of the death of God.

The book will appeal not only to students of French literature, but to all those interested in the cultural upheavals of the twentieth century.



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