A History of the Heart
Distributed for Reaktion Books
A provocative examination of the deepest vaults of our souls and the efforts of the many lonely hunters who have tried to unlock its secrets, A History of Heart upends the clichés to reveal a symbol of our fundamental humanity whose beats can be felt in every aspect of our lives.
"Høystad can play a linguistically subtle tune of scholarly brilliance."
"An entertaining, clearly written and knowledgeable tour de force through European intellectual history."
THE HEART IN DIFFERENT CULTURES
The oldest of high civilizations – Sumer and Gilgamesh
The mythical heart in ancient Egyptian culture
The many-sided human being of Greek antiquity
Mankind in Homer
Laughter and passion
The Dionysian and the Apollonian
Homosexuality in antiquity
The Platonic human image
From Aristotle to Galen
The history of Plato’s legacy
The heart in the Bible and in Christianity
The Old Testament
The New Testament
Augustine’s legacy and the Middle Ages
The greatest and most beautiful European creation?
Islam – last surviving heart culture?
The wisdom of the heart and the heart of wisdom in Sufism
Arabian influences on European culture
Aztecs – Why so heartless?
I am fat, even at the heart-roots – Norse anthropology
THE EMERGENCE OF THE MODERN EUROPEAN – THE CONFLICT ABOUT THE HEART
The emotional turn in the High Middle Ages
Novels of chivalry
Eroticism and religion: Abélard og Héloïse
The heart in romantic love
Tales of everyday love
The new subject
Descartes and the body-soul dualism
Montaigne: Man is his work
The body of the text and the text of the body
Eros and Thanatos: Ars moriendi
Shakespeare the heartbreaker
”I cannot heave my heart into my mouth”
Rousseau – philosopher of the heart
Herder and the expressive turn
The Faustian Goethe
Long live individualism! From Nietzsche to Foucault and Campbell
POSTSCRIPT: THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM OF THE EMOTIONS