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Lunar Voices

Of Tragedy, Poetry, Fiction, and Thought

David Farrell Krell reflects on nine writers and philosophers, including Heidegger, Derrida, Blanchot, and Holderlin, in a personal exploration of the meaning of sensual love, language, tragedy, and death. The moon provides a unifying image that guides Krell’s development of a new poetics in which literature and philosophy become one.

Krell pursues important philosophical motifs such as time, rhythm, and desire, through texts by Nietzsche, Trakl, Empedocles, Kafka, and Garcia Marquez. He surveys instances in which poets or novelists explicitly address philosophical questions, and philosophers confront literary texts—Heidegger’s and Derrida’s appropriations of Georg Trakl’s poetry, Blanchot’s obsession with Kafka’s tortuous love affairs, and Garcia Marquez’s use of Nietzsche’s idea of the Eternal Return—all linked by the tragic hero Empedocles.

In his search to understand the insatiable desire for completeness that patterns so much art and philosophy, Krell investigates the identification of the lunar voice with woman in various roles—lover, friend, sister, shadow, and narrative voice.

204 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1995

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Philosophy: General Philosophy

Table of Contents

1: The Sensuality of Tragedy, the Tragedy of Sensuality
Antiquity and Modernity: The Epochal Suspension of Empedocles
Time, Tragic Downgoing, Affirmation
Sensual Tragedy, Tragic Sensuality
2: Stuff. Thread. Point. Fire: Holderlin’s Dissolution
The Reproductive Act
The Bypassed Terminus
At the Burning Point
Digression on Heidegger and Innigkeit
3: The Source of the Wave: Rhythm in the Languages of Poetry and Thinking
The Animating Wave
Rhythms of Presencing and Absencing
4: The Lunar Voice of the Sister
The Selenic Situation of the Sister
Upon the Being and Breast of a Girl
The Generation of the Unborn
Evil Most Furious. Dissension between Brother and Sister
How to Gain a Sister?
In (the) Place of God
One Geschlecht: (S)he-lovers, Sea-lovers
5: "I, an Animal of the Forest...": Blanchot’s Kafka
The Feminine World and Literary Ambiguity
The Animal Kingdom of the Writer
Solitude, Silence, and the Sister
The Narrative Voice
An Incarnation Openly Bearing Its Emptiness
The Burrow
The Moss
6: Lunar Solitudes: The Eternal Return of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Eternal Recurrence? of the Same?
Solitudes of Love and Rancor
The Solitude of Parchment

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