From Eurydice to Laura and past, lifeless enthusiasts name forth strong expressions of grief, sorrow, love, and longing. They get together mourning and different rituals and appear to be intrinsically sure up with altering principles of subjecthood itself. Dead Lovers explores the advanced attachments to the determine of the useless lover in Western literature, paintings, and different kinds of cultural expression from classical antiquity throughout 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 topics and claims on the subject of our personal funding in a “dead” yet eroticized prior that we search to recover. The assortment deals a sustained dialogue of the way scholarly curiosity within the illustration of loss and erotic bonds increases urgent questions about nostalgia, functionality, the position of impact in highbrow paintings, and the gendered cultural values that script the outline and event of the erotic. In its concentrate on loss as a domain of impact and mind's eye, Dead enthusiasts offers an unique and provocative contribution to the heritage of scholarship.
Basil Dufallo is Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin and Comparative Literature on the collage of Michigan.