Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture by Jonathan Dollimore
(Literary Studies)

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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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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.
 
Published July 4, 2013 by Routledge. 384 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Self Help, History. Non-fiction

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In his prodigiously intelligent, deeply challenging and ultimately rewarding book, Dollimore (Sexual Dissidence) argues that the death/desire dynamic, while banefully associated in recent times with AIDS, is not a new or alternate phenomenon but was crucial in the formation of Western culture.

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John Bayley In his review of Jonathan Dollimore’s Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture (LRB, 16 April) Terry Eagleton makes the startling claim that ‘literary theory is an aesthetics of the underdog.’ We are all, naturally, on the side of the underdog – it would be incorrect to be anything ...

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