Febris erotica

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The destructive power of obsessive love was a defining subject of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian literature. In Febris Erotica, Sobol argues that Russian writers were deeply preoccupied with the nature of romantic relationships and were persistent in their use of lovesickness not simply as a traditional theme but as a way to address pressing philosophical, ethical, and ideological concerns through a recognizable literary trope. Sobol examines stereotypes about the damaging effects of romantic love and offers a short history of the topos of lovesickness in Western literature and medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFebris Erotica
Subtitle of host publicationLovesickness in the Russian Literary Imagination
PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
Number of pages300
ISBN (Print)9780295988962
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Sobol, V. (2009). Febris erotica. In Febris Erotica: Lovesickness in the Russian Literary Imagination (pp. 1-300). University of Washington Press.