Echoes of Narcissus

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Lieve Spaas, Trista Selous
Berghahn Books, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 286 pages
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In Greek mythology the beautiful Narcissus glimpsed his own reflection in the waters of a spring and fell in love. But his was an impossible passion and, filled with despair, he pined away. Over the years the myth has inspired painters, writers, and film directors, as well as philosophers and psychoanalysts. The tragic story of Narcissus, in love with himself, and of Echo, the nymph in love with him, lies at the heart of this collection of essays exploring the origins of the myth and some of its many cultural manifestations and meanings relating to the self and the self's relationship to the other. Through their discussion of the myth and its ramifications, the contributors to this volume broaden our understanding of one of the fundamental myths of Western culture.

Lieve Spaasis Research Professor of Arts and Culture, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University and has worked in social anthropology, French literature, and francophone film.

Trista Selousis Associate Research Fellow at Roehampton Institute, London.

  

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Contents

Narcissus and his Double
13
The Myth of Narcissus in Courtly Literature
25
UrorAmore Met Individual and Social Identity in
37
The Case of George Sand
57
Narcissus Magnified by Marguerite Durass Echo
67
Avatars of the Masculine
77
Visualising Narcissus in
89
Cinema on Show in the Work of the Lumiere Brothers
111
Fictive Solutions to the Narcissistic
167
Narcissistic
179
Gaul and Woman as Reflected in the French
193
The Politics of Extreme Narcissism in the Discourse of
205
SelfReflection through Language
221
Reflections on Identity in African
235
Jouys Cecile and the Narcissistic Romantic Hero
247
Narcissus Attitude to Death
263

Narcissus and the Silver Screen
121
Feminine Haunting Masculine
139
Gides Narcissism
151
Notes on Contributors
271
Index
279
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Lieve Spaas is Professor of French Cultural Studies at Kingston University.

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