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Death-Drive : Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Death-Drive : Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

by Robert Rowland Smith
     
 

Robert Rowland Smith takes Freud's work on the death-drive and compares it with other philosophies of death—Pascal, Heidegger and Derrida in particular. He also applies it in a new way to literature and art - to Shakespeare, Rothko and Katharina Fritsch, among others. He asks whether artworks are dead or alive, if artistic creativity isn't actually a form of

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Robert Rowland Smith takes Freud's work on the death-drive and compares it with other philosophies of death—Pascal, Heidegger and Derrida in particular. He also applies it in a new way to literature and art - to Shakespeare, Rothko and Katharina Fritsch, among others. He asks whether artworks are dead or alive, if artistic creativity isn't actually a form of destruction, and whether our ability to be seduced by fine words means we don't put our selves at risk of death.In doing so, he proposes a new theory of aesthetics in which artworks and literary texts have a death-drive of their own, not least by their defining ability to turn away from all that is real, and where the effects of the death-drive mean that we are constantly living in imaginary, rhetorical or 'artistic' worlds. The book also provides a valuable introduction to the rich tradition of work on the death-drive since Freud.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748640393
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
05/07/2010
Series:
Frontiers of Theory Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Robert Rowland Smith is Independent Scholar at the

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