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The Eroticization of Distance

Nietzsche, Blanchot, and the Legacy of Courtly Love

Joseph D. Kuzma

The Eroticization of Distance: Nietzsche, Blanchot and the Legacy of Courtly Love, Joseph D. Kuzma explores the significance of courtly erotic themes in Friedrich Nietzsche’s mature philosophy and in Maurice Blanchot’s writings of the 1940s and early 1950s. Rather than offering an account of erotic relationality that prioritizes reconciliation, fulfillment, or release, Nietzsche attempts to formulate a nonteleological eroticism that aims at nothing but the perpetual intensification of desire. Kuzma suggests that it is Blanchot who carries Nietzsche’s courtly erotic tendencies to their most provocative point, by highlighting potentials for intimate relationality that might be established through a shared experience of dispossession and loss. This first monograph to engage specifically with the theme of eroticism in Blanchot’s writings will be of interest not only to students and scholars of Nietzsche, Blanchot, or French philosophy, but also anyone interested in the philosophy of sexuality, the history of love, theories of the emotions, or nineteenth and twentieth-century European thought more generally. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 168Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-2438-4 • Hardback • July 2016 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
978-1-4985-2439-1 • eBook • July 2016 • $76.00 • (£49.95)
Joseph D. Kuzma is instructor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Chapter 4: Blanchot’s Eroticization of Distance
Déchirement, Sacrifice, and Refusal

Chapter 6: Impersonal Intimacy and the Ruins of Shattered Time
Conclusion: “This Beating of a Hesitant Heart”