Tales of Love, Sex and Danger

Paperback | June 30, 2011

bySudhir Kakar, John Munder Ross

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This book discusses the complexities of love and the nature of erotic passion as these appear in the great love stories of the world. Starting with the story of Romeo and Juliet and its roots in European Christianity, the authors uncover hidden depths of cultural and universal significance infamous romantic tales of the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent-'Layla and Majnun', 'Heer and Ranjha', 'Sohni and Mahinwal', 'Vis and Ramin', and 'Radha and Krishna'. Moving westward again, Kakar and Ross look at the Greek myth of Oedipus, the Celtic saga of Tristan and Isolde, the tragic dramaof Hamlet, the legend of Phaedra and Hippolytus, and a contemporary handling of the love theme in the writings of Vladimir Nabokov. This new edition, published after 25 years of the first edition, includes an Epilogue which re-evaluates the authors' assertions about romantic and erotic love in the context of contemporary psychoanalysis and modern literary theory.

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This book discusses the complexities of love and the nature of erotic passion as these appear in the great love stories of the world. Starting with the story of Romeo and Juliet and its roots in European Christianity, the authors uncover hidden depths of cultural and universal significance infamous romantic tales of the Middle East and...

Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst and writer who lives in Goa, India. Sudhir Kakar's seventeen books of non-fiction and five of fiction include The Inner World, Culture and Psyche, Shamans, Mystics and Doctors, The Analyst and the Mystic, The Colors of Violence, The Ascetic of Desire, Ecstasy, and Mira and the Mahatma. His books have be...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:June 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198072562

ISBN - 13:9780198072560

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Acknowledgements1. IntroductionPart I: Pure Cultures of Love2. The Amorous Death of Romeo and Juliet3. Love in the Middle Eastern World: Layla and Majnun - The Tale of Sohni and Mahinwal / The Story of Heer and Ranjha / Love and Madness4. The Cloistered Passion of Radha and KrishnaPart II: Eros Adulterated5. Kings and Cuckolds: Passion as Power - King Moubad, Vis and Ramin / Power and Love in India / A Return to Oedipus the King6. The Conscience of the King - Tristan and Isolde / Hamlet7. Mother Love: When Desire becomes Reality - Phaedra / An Indian InterludePart III: Love Theory and Love Story8. The Phenomenology of Passionate Love - Passionate Love: Desire and Longing9. The Ontogeny of LoveEpilogue, 25 Years LaterNotes