qNarcissus and Echoq is about romantic confessional fiction, in which the woman dies and the man lives to tell qhisq tale. Whether femme fatale, nun, sister, aristocrat or fallen women, she is always somehow blamed for her own destruction. What motivates the man's narrative and how does the women's voice, curiously, survive the text? Naomi Segal brings insights from feminist and psychoanalytic theory to bear on writers such as Chateaubriand, Musset, Prevost and Gautier. Running throughout this lively and provocative study are dichotomies between speech and sight, male qdoublesq and female qmirrorq, the narcissism of nostalgia and the paradoxes of undesire.Here Narcissus, worn out by hunting, comes to drink, and falls in love with his reflection. a#39;Unwittingly, he desires himself; he praises, and is himself what he praises; and while he seeks, is sought; equally he kindles love and burns with lovea#39; (p. ... can have no encounter with it: a#39;the very abundance of my riches beggars me . . . would that what I love were absent from me! ... a#39;Wasted with love . . . slowly consumed by its inner firea#39;, he melts like wax or hoar-frost: a#39;scarce does his form remainanbsp;...
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