Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Robert Rowland Smith

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Robert Rowland Smith takes Freud's work on the death-drive and compares it with other philosophies of death - Pascal, Heidegger and Derrida in particular. He also applies it in a new way to literature and art - to Shakespeare, Rothko and Katharina Fritsch, among others. He asks whether artworks are dead or alive, if artistic creativity isn't actually a form of destruction, and whether our ability to be seduced by fine words means we don't put our selves at risk of death.

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Note on the Text
List of Illustrations
1. Memento Mori
2. The Death Drive Does Not Think
3. A Subject Is Being Beaten
4. White Over Red
5. Literature - Repeat Nothing
6. A Harmless Suggestion
7. The Rest of Radioactive Light
Post Script - Approaching Death
A former Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Robert Rowland Smith has written widely on philosophy, psychoanalysis and literature, including Derrida and Autobiography. He is a founding editor of the award-winning journal, Angelaki and an original member of the Forum for European Philosophy. Now independent, he also writes non-fiction that applies philosophy to everyday life. His latest book is Breakfast with Socrates: The Philosophy of Everyday Life (Profile Books, 2009).

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