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Bersani, Leo

Works: 76 works in 424 publications in 6 languages and 17,887 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Autographs  Romance fiction  Trials, litigation, etc  Readers (Publications)  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor, Performer, Other, Speaker, Author of introduction
Classifications: PQ2246.M2, 843.8
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Marcel Proust; the fictions of life and of art by Leo Bersani( Book )

31 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of this book is an eminent literary critic whose influential work spans half a century. His vast, in many ways unclassifiable, oeuvre has traversed and blurred the boundaries of the disciplines of modern French literature, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, art history, film theory, philosophical aesthetics, and masculinity studies and sexuality studies. This text is his first book on Proust, originally published in 1965. This new edition comes in response to a recent renewal of interest among philosophers of literature, among others
Homos by Leo Bersani( )

32 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in 6 languages and held by 1,922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still, Bersani notes, not only has homophobia grown more virulent, but many gay men and lesbians themselves are reluctant to be identified as homosexuals. In Homos, he studies the historical, political, and philosophical grounds for the current distrust, within the gay community, of self-identifying moves, for the paradoxical desire to be invisibly visible. While acknowledging the dangers of any kind of group identification (if you can be singled out, you can be disciplined), Bersani argues for a bolder presentation what it means to be gay. In their justifiable suspicion of labels, gay men and lesbians have nearly disappeared into their own sophisticated awareness of how they have been socially constructed. By downplaying their sexuality, gays risk self-immolation - they will melt into the stifling culture they had wanted to contest
Intimacies by Leo Bersani( )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, here present a dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy. Their conversation takes as its point of departure psychoanalysis and its central importance to the modern imagination - though equally important is their shared sense that by misleading us about the importance of self-knowledge and the danger of narcissism, psychoanalysis has failed to realize its most exciting and innovative relational potential." "In pursuit of new forms of intimacy they take up a range of concerns across a variety of contexts. To test the hypothesis that the essence of the analytic exchange is intimate talk without sex, they compare Patrice Leconte's film about an accountant mistaken for a psychoanalyst, Intimate Strangers, with Henry James's classic novella The Beast in the Jungle. A discussion of the subculture of barebacking - gay men intentionally engaging in risky sex - delineates an intimacy that rejects the personal. Even serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and the Bush administration's war on terror enter the scene as the conversation turns to the way aggression thrills and gratifies the ego. Finally, in a reading of Socrates' theory of love from Plato's Phaedrus, Bersani and Phillips call for a new form of intimacy which they term "impersonal narcissism": a divestiture of the ego and a recognition of one's non-psychological potential self in others. This revolutionary way of relating to the world, they contend, could lead to a new human freedom by mitigating the horrifying violence we blithely accept as part of human nature."--Jacket
Balzac to Beckett; center and circumference in French fiction by Leo Bersani( Book )

15 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Honore de Balzac - Samuel Beckett - Maurice Balnchot - Chateaubriand - Dante - Rene Descates - Denis Diderot - Gustave Flaubert - Gerard Genette - Victor Hugo - Eugene Ionesco - La Fayette - Napoleon - Marcel Proust - Jean-Paul Sartre - Stendhal - Richard Wagner
Is the rectum a grave? : and other essays by Leo Bersani( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The title essay in this collection is one of the foundations of queer theory. This is a retrospective, charting Bersani's contributions to debates connecting sexuality, psychoanalysis & aesthetics, & his reactions to a range of leading thinkers, among them Plato, Descartes, Foucault, Genet & Proust
Novels, 1901-1902 by Henry James( Book )

7 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume brings together The Sacred Fount (1901), one of Henry James's most unusual experiments, and The Wings of the Dove (1902), one of his most beloved masterpieces and the novel that inaugurated the majestic and intricate "late phase" of his literary career." "Writing to his friend William Dean Howells, James characterized The Sacred Fount, the only one of his novels to be told in the first person, as "a fine flight into the high fantastic." While traveling to the country house of Newmarch for a weekend party, the nameless narrator becomes obsessed with the idea that a person may become younger or cleverer by tapping the "sacred fount" of another person. Convinced that Grace Brissenden has become younger by drawing upon her husband, Guy, the narrator seeks to discover the source of the newfound wit of Gilbert Long, previously "a fine piece of human furniture." His perplexing and ambiguous quest, and the varying reactions it provokes from the other guests, calls into question the imaginative inquiry central to James's art of the novel." "James described the essential idea of The Wings of the Dove as "a young person conscious of a great capacity for life, but early stricken and doomed, condemned to die under short respite, while also enamoured of the world." The heroine, a wealthy young American heiress, Milly Theale (inspired by James's beloved cousin Minny Temple), is slowly drawn into a trap set for her by the English adventuress Kate Croy and her lover, the journalist Morton Densher. The unexpected outcome of their mercenary scheme provides the resolution to a tragic story of love and betrayal, innocence and experience that has long been acknowledged as one of James's supreme achievements as a novelist. This volume prints the New York Edition text of The Wings of the Dove, and includes the illuminating preface James wrote for that edition."--Jacket
A future for Astyanax : character and desire in literature by Leo Bersani( Book )

24 editions published between 1976 and 1984 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baudelaire and Freud by Leo Bersani( Book )

29 editions published between 1977 and 1988 in 4 languages and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une lecture psychanalytique des textes de Baudelaire. Cet essai fait ressortir la pertinence de la théorie freudienne pour le discours critique littéraire
Foucault against himself( )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his private life, as well as in his work and political attitudes, Michel Foucault often stood in contradiction to himself, especially when his expansive ideas collided with the institutions in which he worked. In Francois Caillat's provocative collection of essays and interviews based on his French documentary of the same name, leading contemporary critics and philosophers reframe Foucault's legacy in an effort to build new ways of thinking about his struggle against society's mechanisms of domination, demonstrating how conflict within the self lies at the heart of Foucault's life and work."--
The culture of redemption by Leo Bersani( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and German and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A polemical study of claims made in the modern period for the authoritative, even redemptive virtues of literature--P.1
Caravaggio's secrets by Leo Bersani( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many critics have explored the homoerotic message in the early portraits of the baroque painter Michelangelo Caravaggio (1573-1610). In Caravaggio's Secrets, Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit emphasize instead the impenetrability of these portraits. The tension between erotic invitation and self-concealing retreat leads Bersani and Dutoit to conclude that the interest of these works is in their representation of an enigmatic address that solicits intimacy in order to block it with a secret." "Bersani and Dutoit offer a psychoanalytic reading of the enigmatic address as initiating relations grounded in paranoid fascination. They study Caravaggio's attempts to move beyond such relations, his experiments with a space no longer circumscribed by the mutual and paranoid, if erotically stimulating, fascination with imaginary secrets."--Jacket
The Freudian body : psychoanalysis and art by Leo Bersani( Book )

11 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

AIDS : cultural analysis, cultural activism by Leo Bersani( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of Stéphane Mallarmé by Leo Bersani( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in English and French and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L. Bersani interroge le texte mallarméen et questionne le travail du vers et l'expérience du néant, de la mort créatrice--[Memento]
Arts of impoverishment : Beckett, Rothko, Resnais by Leo Bersani( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The forms of violence : narrative in Assyrian art and modern culture by Leo Bersani( Book )

9 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madame Bovary: patterns of provincial life by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

13 editions published between 1972 and 2005 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A powerful nineteenth-century French classic depicting the moral degeneration of a weak-willed woman
Forms of being : cinema, aesthetics, subjectivity by Leo Bersani( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In each of the films discussed in this study - 'Le Mepris', 'All about my Mother', 'The Thin Red Line' - something extraordinary is proposed - or if not proposed, then shown, visually, by stranger and more powerful means than narrative or argument
Thoughts and things by Leo Bersani( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leo Bersani's career spans more than fifty years and extends across a wide spectrum of fields - including French studies, modernism, realist fiction, psychoanalytic criticism, film studies, and queer theory. Throughout this collection of essays that ranges, interestingly and brilliantly, from movies by Claire Denis and Jean-Luc Godard to fiction by Proust and Pierre Bergounioux, Bersani considers various kinds of connectedness. The book posits what would appear to be an irreducible gap between our thoughts (the human subject) and things (the world)
Caravaggio by Leo Bersani( Book )

13 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caravaggio (1986) is probably the closest Derek Jarman came to a mainstream film. And yet the film is a uniquely complex and lucid treatment of Jarman's major concerns: violence, history, homosexuality, and the relation between film and painting. However, according to Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit, Caravaggio is unlike Jarman's other work in avoiding a lover-boy sentimentalising of gay relationships and in making no neat distinction between the exercise and the suffering of violence. Film-making involves a coercive power which, for Bersani and Dutoit, Jarman may, without admitting it to himself, have found deeply seductive. But in Caravaggio this power is renounced, and the result is Jarman's most profound, unsettling and astonishing reflection on sexuality and identity
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Novels, 1901-1902
IntimaciesIs the rectum a grave? : and other essaysNovels, 1901-1902Baudelaire and FreudThe culture of redemptionCaravaggio's secretsThe Freudian body : psychoanalysis and artAIDS : cultural analysis, cultural activism
Alternative Names
Leo Bersani Amerikaans hoogleraar

Leo Bersani US-amerikanischer Hochschullehrer, Literaturtheoretiker und Professor für Französisch

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