Love and Reading discusses 18th and 19th Century English fiction, the aesthetics of Burke and Kant, and contemporary literary theory. It stresses that language should be referential and argues for a way of reading that would not provide narcissistic gratification: a way of reading that would enable us instead to see through «the huge and terrible deception,» as Tolstoy put it, that hides «both life and death.»
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1988. X, 192 pp.
Contents: The Freudian and Classical Conception of Love - Print Eroticism - Beauty and the Rationalization of Pleasure in
the 18th Century - Purity and Sensation in Victorian Fiction - Non-Representational Desire - Love and Reading. Drawing
on psychoanalysis in new ways, Love and Reading challenges prevailing theories of criticism and reading of fiction.