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Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Robert Rowland Smith


This book takes Freud's work on the death-drive and compares it with other philosophies of death — those of Pascal, Heidegger and Derrida in particular. It also applies it in a new way to literature and art — to that of Shakespeare, Rothko and Katharina Fritsch, among others. The book 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 ourselves at risk of death. In doing so, the book proposes a new theory of aesthetics in which artworks and literary texts have a death-drive ... More

Keywords: Freud, death-drive, philosophies of death, Pascal, Heidegger, Derrida, Shakespeare, Rothko, Katharina Fritsch, artworks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640393
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Rowland Smith, author