Echoes of Narcissus
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 Spaas is 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 Selous is Associate Research Fellow at Roehampton Institute, London.
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Narcissus and his Double
The Myth of Narcissus in Courtly Literature
UrorAmore Met Individual and Social Identity in
The Case of George Sand
Narcissus Magnified by Marguerite Durass Echo
Avatars of the Masculine
Visualising Narcissus in
Cinema on Show in the Work of the Lumiere Brothers
Fictive Solutions to the Narcissistic
Gaul and Woman as Reflected in the French
The Politics of Extreme Narcissism in the Discourse of
SelfReflection through Language
Reflections on Identity in African
Jouys Cecile and the Narcissistic Romantic Hero
Narcissus Attitude to Death