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Love's Body, Reissue of 1966 edition

Norman O. Brown

Publication Year: 1990

Originally published in 1966 and now recognized as a classic, Norman O. Brown's meditation on the condition of humanity and its long fall from the grace of a natural, instinctual innocence is available once more for a new generation of readers. Love's Body is a continuation of the explorations begun in Brown's famous Life Against Death. Rounding out the trilogy is Brown's brilliant Apocalypse and/or Metamorphosis.

Published by: University of California Press

Title Page, Other Works by the Author, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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pp. ii-v


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pp. vii-viii

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p. ix-ix

At least in the life of the mind, ventures should be carried through to the end. This book is a. continuation of a voyage begun with Life Against Death; a continuation faintly foreshadowed in the last chapter of that book, "The Resurrection of the Body." But as is said over and over ...

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I: Liberty

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pp. 3-31

Freud's myth of the rebellion of the sons against the father in the primal, prehistoric horde is not a historical explanation of origins, but a supra-historical archetype; eternally recurrent; a myth; an old, old story. ...

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II: Nature

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pp. 32-55

Fraternity comes into being after the sons are expelled from the family; when they form their own club, in the wilderness, away from home, away from women. The brotherhood is a substitute family, a substitute woman ...

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III: Trinity

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pp. 56-79

The churinga, the holy stones with which the life of the tribe is bound up, the stone body or mystical body of the individual, incised with patterns of concentric circles: "the body that is identical with environment; here we have struck rock bottom. What the tjurunga symbolizes ...

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IV: Unity

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pp. 80-89

Is there a way out; an end to analysis; a cure; is there such a thing as health? To heal is to make whole, as in wholesome; to make one again; to unify or reunify: this is Eros in action. Eros is the instinct that makes for union, or unification, and Thanatos, the death instinct, ...

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V: Person

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pp. 90-108

Personality is persona, a mask. The world is a stage, the self a theatrical creation: "The self, then, as a performed character, is not an organic thing that has a specific location, whose fundamental fate is to be born, to mature, ...

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VI: Representative

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pp. 109-125

When the problem in psychoanalysis becomes not repression, but symbolism; when we discover that even if there were no dream-censor we should still have symbolism; then personality (soul, ego) becomes not substance, but ...

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VII: Head

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pp. 126-140

"The real apocalypse comes, not with the vision of a city or kingdom, which would still be external, but with the identification of the city and kingdom with one's own body." The apocalypse lays bare the mystery of kingship; ...

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VIII: Boundary

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pp. 141-161

Originally everything was body, ONE BODY (Novalis); or Freud: "Originally the ego includes everything, later it detaches from itself the external world. The ego-feeling we are aware of now is thus only a shrunken vestige of a ...

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IX: Food

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pp. 162-175

There is only one psyche, in relation to which all conflict is endopsychic, all war intestine. The external enemy is (part of) ourselves, projected; our own badness, banished. The only defense against an internal danger is to make it ...

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X: Fire

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pp. 176-183

The choice is between partial incorporation and total incorporation (integration). Participation (playing a part) or fusion. Total incorporation, or fusion, is combustion in fire. "The way he behaved could also be described by saying ...

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XI: Fraction

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pp. 184-190

To eat and to be eaten. The grain must be ground, the wine pressed; the bread must be broken. The true body is a body broken. Nothing can be sole or whole That has not been rent. Yeats, "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop." ...

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XII: Resurrection

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pp. 191-214

II Corinthians III, 6: The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. Literal meanings as against spiritual or symbolical interpretations, a matter of Life against Death. The return to symbolism, the rediscovery that everything is symbolic—alles Vergangliche nur ein Gleichniss—a ...

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XIII: Fulfillment

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pp. 215-231

Fulfillment; from shadows to reality. Now for the first time fully real: the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the real likeness of the things. From shadows to reality, from symbols to reality; from type to truth. The ...

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XIV: Judgment

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pp. 232-242

To bring this world to an end: the consummation devoutly to be wished, the final judgment. The revolution, the revelation, the apocalypse, is vision; which pronounces a last judgment; and brings about the end. Aphorism is ...

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XV: Freedom

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pp. 243-255

Then cometh the end, when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. I Corinthians XV, 24. The break is a break in nature; water from the ...

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XVI: Nothing

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pp. 256-266

To reconnect consciousness with the unconscious, to make consciousness symbolical, is to reconnect words with silence; to let the silence in. If consciousness is all words and no silence, the unconscious remains ...


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pp. 267-276

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About the Author

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p. 277-277

Norman O. Brown was born in 1913 in El Oro, Mexico, where his father was active as a mining engineer. He was educated at Oxford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin, where he took his doctorate in 1942. Following a year spent as ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780520910409
Print-ISBN-13: 9780520071063

Page Count: 285
Publication Year: 1990