Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226038384 Published July 2005
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226038391 Published November 2006

Erotikon

Essays on Eros, Ancient and Modern

Edited by Shadi Bartsch and Thomas Bartscherer

Erotikon
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Edited by Shadi Bartsch and Thomas Bartscherer

352 pages | 16 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2005
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226038384 Published July 2005
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226038391 Published November 2006
Erotikon brings together leading contemporary intellectuals from a variety of fields for an expansive debate on the full meaning of eros. Renowned scholars of philosophy, literature, classics, psychoanalysis, theology, and art history join poets and a novelist to offer fresh insights into a topic that is at once ancient and forever young. Restricted neither by historical period nor by genre, these contributions explore manifestations of eros throughout Western culture, in subjects ranging from ancient philosophy and baroque architecture to modern literature and Hollywood cinema.

An idea charged with paradox, eros has always defied categorization, and yet it cannot—it will not—be ignored. Erotikon aims to raise the difficult question of what, if anything, unifies the erotic manifold. How is eros in a sculpture like eros in a poem? Does the ancient story of Cupid and Psyche still speak meaningfully to modern readers, and if so, why? Is Plato's eros the same as Freud's? Or Proust's? And what is the erotic dimension in Nietzsche's thought? While each essay takes on a specific issue, together they constitute a wide-ranging conversation in which these broader questions are at play. A compilation of the latest, best efforts to reckon with eros, Erotikon will appeal not just to scholars and educators, but also to artists and critics, to the curious and the disillusioned, to the prurient and the prudent.
Peter Toohey | Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Erotikon offers a very interesting collection of high quality essays on a subject of more than usual interest. . . . As is the case with much current work that comes from classics in Chicago, Erotikon offers a striking demonstration of the relevance and importance of our discipline as a catalyst for contemporary debate.”
Contents
Shadi Bartsch & Thomas Bartscherer
What Silent Love Hath Writ: An Introduction to Erotikon
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Susan Mitchell
Erotikon
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Glenn W. Most
Six Remarks on Platonic Eros

David M. Halperin
Love’s Irony: Six Remarks on Platonic Eros
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Shadi Bartsch
Eros and the Roman Philosopher

Catharine Edwards
Response to Shadi Bartsch
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David Tracy
The Divided Consciousness of Augustine on Eros

Valentina Izmirlieva
Augustine Divided: A Response to David Tracy
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James I. Porter
Love of Life: Lucretius to Freud

Richard Wollheim
Response to James I. Porter
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Ingrid D. Rowland
The Architecture of Love in Baroque Rome

Anthony Grafton
Architectures of Love and Strife
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Mark Strand
Selection of Poems Read at the Erotikon Symposium
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Robert B. Pippin
The Erotic Nietzsche: Philosophers without Philosophy

Eric L . Santner
Was will der Philosoph?
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Jonathan Lear
Give Dora a Break! A Tale of Eros and Emotional Disruption

Slavoj Zizek
The Swerve of the Real

Jonathan Lear
On the Wish to Burn My Work
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Martha C. Nussbaum
People as Fictions: Proust and the Ladder of Love

Peter Brooks
Proust’s Epistemophilia
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Philippe Roger
All Love Told: Barthes and the Novel

Eric Marty
Response to Philippe Roger
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Tom Gunning
The Desire and Pursuit of the Hole: Cinema’s Obscure Object of Desire

Robert B. Pippin
Vertigo: A Response to Tom Gunning

A Gallery of Images from Vertigo
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Epilogue
J. M. Coetzee
Eros and Psyche
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Acknowledgments
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index
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