Jean H. Hagstrum: Esteem Enlivened by Desire The Couple from Homer to Shakespeare

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Pictions of love in art and literature works of the imagination that reflect social reality but also often transcend it to challenge restrictive codes and open up new possibilities for human nature Among these possibilities the association of esteem with sexual desire is one of the most invigorating that artists and thinkers have ever addressed Tracing this motif through many different kinds of expression from the Homeric epics the Oresteia Augustine's Confessions to the stories.

Of Ovid the Decameron the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare Hagstrum also illuminates a number of related themes including other forms of relationship from friendship to lust; marriage for political ends; liaisons with the same sex; and the presence of passion in religious commitmentThe culmination of Hagstrum's long career Esteem Enlivened by Desire offers enerous insight into the amorous heritage of the West and honors one of its most important enduring and hard won achievement.

A magisterial book by one of our most distinguished literary historians Esteem Enlivened by Desire illuminates and celebrates the ideal of lasting love from antiuity to the high Renaissance Love that leads to marriage is a relatively recent invention or so critics and historians often say But in this remarkable survey Jean H Hagstrum argues that long term commitment formed of friendship and passion is one of Western culture's oldest and richest conceptsHagstrum looks mainly at de.

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