Erotikon: Essays on Eros, Ancient and Modern

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Shadi Bartsch, Thomas Bartscherer
University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 352 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

An Introduction to Erotikon
1
Erotikon
16
Six Remarks on Platonic Eros
33
Six Remarks on Platonic Eros
48
Eros and the Roman Philosopher
59
Response to Shadi Bartsch
84
The Divided Consciousness of Augustine on Eros
91
A Response to David Tracy
107
The Swerve of the Real
213
On the Wish to Burn My Work
218
Proust and the Ladder of Love
223
Prousts Epistemophilia
241
Barthes and the Novel
245
Response to Philippe Roger
258
Cinemas Obscure Object of Desire
261
A Response to Tom Gunning
278

Lucretius to Freud
113
Response to James I Porter
142
The Architecture of Love in Baroque Rome
144
Architectures of Love and Strife
161
Selection of Poems Read at the Erotikon Symposium
166
Philosophers without Philosophy
172
Was will der Philosoph?
192
Give Dora a Break A Tale of Eros and Emotional Disruption
196
A Gallery of Images from Vertigo
282
Eros and Psyche
293
Acknowledgments
301
Bibliography
303
List of Contributors
321
Index
325
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Shadi Bartsch is chair of the Department of Classics and a professor in the Committees on the History of Culture and on the Ancient Mediterranean World at the University of Chicago. She is also the editor in chief of Classical Philology, coeditor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Rhetoric, and author of numerous works, including Ideology in Cold Blood and Actors in the Audience. Thomas Bartscherer is a doctoral candidate in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

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