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The story of joy : from the Bible to late Romanticism

The story of joy : from the Bible to late Romanticism

Author: Adam Potkay
Publisher: Cambridge [etc.] Cambridge University Press 2007
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This original book explores the concept and history of joy in the Western tradition. Winner of the 2009 Harry Levin prize, The Story of Joy will be of interest to scholars of the Renaissance to the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Potkay
ISBN: 9780521879118 0521879116
OCLC Number: 1014750850
Awards: Winner of The Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, for best book in literary history and criticism published 2006-8 2009
Description: XIII, 304 p. 24 cm
Contents: Preface; Introduction: what is a joy?; 1. Religious joy: the ethics of oneness from the Bible to Aquinas; 2. Erotic joy: the Troubadour tradition; 3. The theology of joy and joylessness: Luther to Crusoe; 4. Ethical joy in the Age of Enlightenment; 5. The joys of doing and of being: Wordsworth and his Victorian legacy; 6. Joy and aesthetics: Coleridge to Wilde; 7. Post-Christian prophesies of forgiveness and exaltation; 8. Tragic joy and the spirit of music: Wagner, Nietzsche, Yeats; Conclusion: the career of joy in the twentieth century; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Adam Potkay.


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