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Death-Drive : Freudian Haunting in Literature and Art (Hardcover)

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Robert Rowland Smith compares Freud''s work on the death-drive to other philosophies of death, particularly those of Pascal, Heidegger, and Derrida, and applies it to Shakespeare, Mark Rothko, and Katharina Fritsch. Smith asks whether artistic creativity is actually a form of destruction and whether the seduction of fine words places us at risk of death.

He proposes a new theory of aesthetics in which artwork and literary text have a death-drive of their own, the effects of which translate into imaginary, rhetorical, and "artistic" worlds. Smith also provides a valuable introduction to the rich scholarship on the death-drive since the time of Freud.


Publisher Edinburgh Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780748640393
SKU 213821460
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0748640398
Release Date 4/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0215
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
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