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Pangs of love and longing: configurations of desire in premodern literature
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4329-4534
2013 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The complex relationship between psychic structures, social norms, and aesthetic representations is a challenge for every analysis of the historical manifestations of human desire. Pangs of Love and Longing: Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature sets out to provide a deeper understanding of this relation by an assessment of linguistic and artistic configurations of desire in European literature from Antiquity to the Early Modern period. The aim is to explore historic continuities and ruptures in attitudes towards sexuality, pleasures and bodies, as these are represented in a variety of cultural forms, in order to demonstrate the plurality of premodern desire – and, ultimately, to offer fresh perspectives on our present reality. The seventeen scholars participating in the anthology bring together theories and assessments from different areas of the Humanities – German, French, Italian, Spanish, English, and Comparative Literature, History of Ideas and of Art, Theology, Philosophy and Gender Studies. They are all engaged in cross-disciplinary activities at universities in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and they all participate in the Scandinavian network “Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature” initiated in 2010. 

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Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. , 302 p.
Keyword [en]
Desire, Eros, love, longing, figura, figuration, pre-modern, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Saint Augustine, Barthes, Bataille, de Beauchamps, Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint Birgitta, Boccaccio, Saint Bonaventure, Robert Burton, J. Calvin, Baldassare Castiglione, Cavalcanti, Michel de Certeau, Chaucer, Christine de Pizan, Cicero, Dante, Descartes, Frances E. Dolan, P. Dronke, Elisabeth I, Ficino, John Fletcher, Simon Forman, Foucault, Saint Francis of Assisi, Freud, Geoffroy de Vinsauf, Goethe, Stephen Gosson, Saint Gregory the Great, Hegel, Hildegard, Hrosvith of Gandersheim, Jean de Meun, Saint John of the Cross, J. Kristeva, J. Lacan, J. Leclercq, Leone Ebreo, Luther, E. Macrembolites, Marguerite de Navarre, Mathieu de Vendôme, Ovid, Saint Paul, Petrarch, Francesco Petrarca, Plato, Quevedo, Quintillian, Richard of Saint-Victor, Seneca, Shakespeare, Philip Sidney, Socrates, Saint Teresa of Ávila, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Virgil, Slavoj Žižek
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94062ISBN: 978-1-4438-4763-6OAI: diva2:651079
Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, OFF09–1331
Available from: 2013-09-24 Created: 2013-09-24 Last updated: 2015-04-14Bibliographically approved

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