The Story of Joy: From the Bible to Late Romanticism

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Cambridge University Press, 22.11.2007 - 304 Seiten
Joy is an experience of reunion or fulfilment, of desire at least temporarily laid to rest, of a good thing that comes to pass or seems sure to happen soon. In this wide-ranging and highly original book Adam Potkay explores the concept of joy, distinguishing it from related concepts such as happiness and ecstasy. He goes on to trace the literary and intellectual history of joy in the Western tradition, from Aristotle, the Bible and Provencal troubadours through contemporary culture, centring on British and German works from the Reformation through Romanticism. Describing the complex interconnections between literary art, ethics, and religion, Potkay offers fresh readings of Spenser, Shakespeare, Fielding, Schiller, English Romantic poets, Wilde and Yeats. Winner of the 2009 Harry Levin prize, The Story of Joy will be of special interest to scholars of the Renaissance to the late Romantic period, but will also appeal to readers interested in the changing perceptions of joy over time.
 

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The ethics of oneness from the Bible to Aquinas
30
The troubadour tradition
50
Luther to Crusoe
73
Ethical joy in the age of enlightenment
95
Wordsworth and his Victorian legacy
121
Coleridge to Wilde
139
PostChristian prophesies of forgiveness and exaltation
162
Wagner Nietzsche Yeats
193
The career of joy in the twentieth century
220
Notes
237
Bibliography
277
Index
298
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Seite 25 - As hell's from heaven ! If it were now to die, 'Twere now to be most happy ; for, I fear, My soul hath her content so absolute, That not another comfort like to this Succeeds in unknown fate.

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