Death, Desire, and Loss in Western Culture

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Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture is a rich testament to our ubiquitous preoccupation with the tangled web of death and desire. In these pages we find nuanced analysis that blends Plato with Shelley, Hölderlin with Foucault. Dollimore, a gifted thinker, is not content to summarize these texts from afar; instead, he weaves a thread through each to tell the magnificent story of the making of the modern individual.
 

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Contents

THE ANCIENT WORLD
3
Ecclesiastes
36
Christianity Gnosticism and Buddhism
43
Sex and Death in Early Modern Culture
59
Deaths Incessant Motion
71
Death and Identity
84
Shakespeare
102
SOCIAL DEATH
111
Heidegger Kojève and Sartre
161
Feuerbach
201
Nietzsche against Schopenhauer
231
Georges Bataille
249
D H Lawrence
258
Thomas Mann
275
Promiscuity and Death
294
The Wonder of the Pleasure
312

The Denial of Death?
119
Degeneration and Dissidence
128
Joseph Conrads
145
I
337
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Jonathan Dollimore is Professor in the School of English and American Studies at the University of Sussex. He is author of the critically acclaimed Sexual Dissidence.

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