Dead Lovers: Erotic Bonds and the Study of Premodern Europe by Basil Dufallo, Dr. Peggy McCracken

By Basil Dufallo, Dr. Peggy McCracken

From Eurydice to Laura and past, useless fanatics name forth robust expressions of grief, sorrow, love, and longing. They celebration mourning and different rituals and appear to be intrinsically certain up with altering principles of subjecthood itself. Dead Lovers explores the complicated attachments to the determine of the lifeless lover in Western literature, paintings, and different kinds of cultural expression from classical antiquity in the course of the center a while and into the early smooth period. 


By reflecting at the research of useless fanatics, those essays additionally hint the improvement of subject matters and claims on the subject of our personal funding in a “dead” yet eroticized prior that we search to recover. The assortment bargains a sustained dialogue of ways scholarly curiosity within the illustration of loss and erotic bonds increases urgent questions on nostalgia, functionality, the function of impact in highbrow paintings, and the gendered cultural values that script the outline and adventure of the erotic. In its specialize in loss as a domain of impact and mind's eye, Dead fanatics offers an unique and provocative contribution to the historical past of scholarship.


Basil Dufallo is Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin and Comparative Literature on the collage of Michigan.

Peggy McCracken is Professor of French and Women’s reviews on the college of Michigan.

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