Love's Litany: The Writing of Modern Homoerotics

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Stanford University Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 194 pages
Loves' Litany is the first extensive analysis of the relation of erotic philosophy to homosexuality in the modern period, and examines the ways in which nineteenth-century conceptions of love have shaped contemporary conceptions of lesbian and gay subjectivity. The book focuses on four features of romantic love that are central to both nineteenth-century erotic philosophy and twentieth-century homoeroticism: complementary merger, the idea that "opposites attract"; love-death (Liebestod), the figuration of love as fatal union; Wertherism, the association of love with sadness, solitude, and suicide; and "crystallization, " Stendhal's term for believing a beloved to be perfect.
 

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Contents

Introduction
2
Wildes LoveDeaths
16
Gide and Firbank
49
Woolf and Stein
74
Afterword
151
Works Cited
177
Index
191
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