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Love, desire and transcendence in French literature : deciphering Eros

Author: Paul Gifford
Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2005.
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"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 an age of deep cultural mutation and uncertainty. Paul Gifford's book allows this considerable contemporary phenomenon to be observed steadily and whole, with strategic
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Gifford, Paul.
Love, desire and transcendence in French literature.
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2005
(OCoLC)607796640
Online version:
Gifford, Paul.
Love, desire and transcendence in French literature.
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2005
(OCoLC)630909488
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Gifford
ISBN: 0754652696 9780754652694
OCLC Number: 59223756
Description: 345 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: First series : origins, recognitions --
1. Plato's Symposium : the transcending enigma of eros --
2. Nuptial splendour : the song of songs --
3. Shadow upon splendour : genesis, transgression and the west --
Second series : love as cultural construct --
Mappings : eros and agape --
4. Love in French literary tradition : the troubadours to Rousseau --
5. The crisis of eros and the 'death of God' --
Third series : deconstructing Romantic transcendence --
Mappings : eros under suspicion --
6. Marcel Proust : the idolatries of eros --
7. Paul Valery : eros unveiled and the re-imaging of love --
8. Paul Claudel : transgression and promise --
Fourth series : the immanent beyond --
Mappings : libido liberated and love sublime.
Responsibility: Paul Gifford.
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