By Dominic Pettman
To our glossy ears the observe “creature” has wild, musky, even sizeable, connotations. And but the phrases “creaturely” and “love,” taken jointly, have generally been linked to theological debates round the enigmatic affection among God and His key construction, guy. In Creaturely Love, Dominic Pettman explores the ways that hope makes us either extra, and no more, human.
In an eminently approachable paintings of vast cultural achieve and meticulous scholarship, Pettman undertakes an unparalleled exam of ways animals form the certainty and expression of affection among humans. concentrating on key figures in sleek philosophy, paintings, and literature (Nietzsche, Salomé, Rilke, Balthus, Musil, Proust), premodern texts and fairy stories (Fourier, Fournival, Ovid), and modern movies and on-line phenomena (Wendy and Lucy, Her, memes), Pettman demonstrates that from puppy names to spirit animals, and allegories to analogies, animals have continually seemed in our writings and innovations approximately passionate desire.
By following definite charismatic animals in the course of their passage throughout the love letters of philosophers, the romances of novelists, the conceits of fables, the epiphanies of poets, the paradoxes of up to date movies, and the electronic menageries of the Internet, Creaturely Love ultimately argues that during our usage of the animal in our amorous expression, we're acknowledging that what we love in our beloveds isn't (only) their humanity, yet their creatureliness.
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