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Pangs of Love and Longing

Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature

Editor(s): Anders Cullhed, Carin Franzén, Anders Hallengren
Contributors: Anders Cullhed, Carin Franzen, Anders Hallengren, Mats Malm, Eva-Carin Gerö, Ola Sigurdson, Unn Falkeid,

Book Description

The complex relationship between psychic structures, social norms, and aesthetic representations is a challenge for every analysis of the historical manifestations of human desire. Pangs of Love and Longing: Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature sets out to provide a deeper understanding of this relation by an assessment of linguistic and artistic configurations of desire in European literature from Antiquity to the Early Modern period. The aim is to explore historic continuities and ruptures in attitudes towards sexuality, pleasures and bodies, as these are represented in a variety of cultural forms, in order to demonstrate the plurality of premodern desire – and, ultimately, to offer fresh perspectives on our present reality. The seventeen scholars participating in the anthology bring together theories and assessments from different areas of the Humanities – German, French, Italian, Spanish, English, and Comparative Literature, History of Ideas and of Art, Theology, Philosophy and Gender Studies. They are all engaged in cross-disciplinary activities at universities in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and they all participate in the Scandinavian network “Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature” initiated in 2010.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4763-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4763-1
Date of Publication: 01/06/2013
Pages / Size: 305 / A5
Price: £49.99


Anders Cullhed, Professor of Comparative Literature at Stockholm University, has published widely on Latin and Romance literatures from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period and is the author of Quevedo: El instante poético (Zaragoza, 2005) and In the Shadow of Creusa: Negotiating Fictionality in Late Antique Latin Literature (Berlin, 2014).

Carin Franzén, Professor of Language and Culture at Linköping University, has published various studies on medieval and Early Modern female writers. She is the author of “The Legacy of Courtly Love and the Feminine Position”, (Re)Contextualizing Literary and Cultural History, eds. Claudia Egerer and Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre (Stockholm 2013) and “Christine de Pizan’s Appropriation of the Courtly Tradition”, Theorizing Narrative Genres and Gender, ed. Lieselotte Steinbrügge (Leuven 2013).

Anders Hallengren, PhD, is a Fellow of Stockholm University affiliated to the research project “Fiction and Figuration in High and Late Medieval Literature”. He was the coordinator of the project “Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature” and is the author of The Code of Concord: Emerson’s Search for Universal Laws (Stockholm, 1994).

Mats Malm is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Gothenburg. He leads the digitization project “The Swedish Literature Bank” and is the author of Voluptuous Language and Poetic Ambivalence. The Example of Swedish Baroque (Frankfurt am Main etc, 2011) and The Soul of Poetry Redefined: Vacillations of Mimesis from Aristotle to Romanticism (Copenhagen, 2012).