The Fascination With Death In Contemporary French Thought: A Longing For The Abyss

October 5, 2020|
The Fascination With Death In Contemporary French Thought: A Longing For The Abyss by Betty Rojtman
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This book analyses a cultural phenomenon that goes to the very roots of Western civilization: the centrality of death in our sense of human existence. It does so through a close reading of seminal works by the most creative authors of modern French thought, such as Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Lacan, and Jacques Derrida. These works encode an entire ethics of postmodernism. Betty Rojtman offers the reader a prism through which to see anew the key issues of the twentieth century: tragedy, finitude, nothingness-but also contestation, liberty, and sovereignty. Little by little we understand that this fascination with death may be just the other side of humankind''s great protest, its thirst for the infinite and its desire to be. Finally, Rojtman tries to offer another view on these fundamental questions by shifting to a parallel cultural reference: Kabbalah.


Betty Rojtman is Professor Emerita at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she chaired the French Studies Department and held the Katherine Cornell Chair in Comparative Literature. Her publications includeFeu noir sur Feu blanc(1986),Le Pardon à la lune(2001),Une rencontre improbable(2002).
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Title:The Fascination With Death In Contemporary French Thought: A Longing For The AbyssFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:145 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 inShipping dimensions:145 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 inPublished:October 5, 2020Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:303047321X

ISBN - 13:9783030473211

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