By Dominic Pettman
To our glossy ears the notice “creature” has wild, musky, even vast, connotations. And but the phrases “creaturely” and “love,” taken jointly, have ordinarily been linked to theological debates round the enigmatic affection among God and His key production, 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 extensive cultural achieve and meticulous scholarship, Pettman undertakes an exceptional exam of the way animals form the knowledge and expression of affection among humans. targeting key figures in smooth philosophy, artwork, 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 continuously seemed in our writings and options approximately passionate desire.
By following sure charismatic animals in the course of their passage in the course of the love letters of philosophers, the romances of novelists, the conceits of fables, the epiphanies of poets, the paradoxes of latest motion pictures, 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 like in our beloveds isn't (only) their humanity, yet their creatureliness.
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Creaturely Love: How Desire Makes Us More and Less Than Human (Posthumanities) by Dominic Pettman