Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - A Perverse History of the Human Heart by Milad Doueihi

The seat of the soul, the centre of legends, the middle of cults and cultural taboos: the heart has a history as long and complex, and often as sordid, as that of the secret life it once signified. And this is the history that Milad Doueihi tells in a book that follows the adventures of the human heart through custom, legend, religion, and literature from antiquity to early modern times. Most prominent, and macabre, in this history is the account of the eaten heart, beginning with the myth of Dionysos, who was kidnapped and devoured by the Titans. Doueihi shows the reader, from the Middle Ages through to the 17th century, strange tales combining a cuisine of the macabre with the devotion of the lover, in which a jealous husband serves his unwitting wife the heart of her murdered lover. Beyond the tensions of courtly love, manifest in the Laid Ignaure, the Roman du Chatelain du Coucy, and works by Dante and Boccaccio, Doueihi evokes the image of the devoured heart invoked in Francis Bacon's "Essay on Friendship". Not to be outdone by literature and legend, religion, particularly in the theology of the Sacred Heart, takes its place in this story, exerting its influence on the legend of the eaten heart, with stories of perverse consumption coming to be explained in terms of the mystery of the Eucharist, the magical and mystical consumption of the body of Christ. Finally, with the discovery of physiology and the emerging science of blood circulation, the heart loses its symbolic place, though Doueihi leaves the reader with the possible marriage of mysticism and science that Pascal's descriptions of intuitive intelligence open up for the heart.

Buy A Perverse History of the Human Heart by Milad Doueihi from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780674663251
ISBN-10: 067466325X
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 14-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - A Perverse History of the Human Heart by Milad Doueihi

Book Reviews - A Perverse History of the Human Heart by Milad Doueihi

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Perverse History of the Human Heart book by Milad Doueihi and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Milad Doueihi

Milad Doueihi holds the Chair of Research on Digital Cultures, Laval University.

Books By Milad Doueihi

Digital Cultures by Milad Doueihi
Hardback, March 2011
Earthly Paradise by Milad Doueihi
Hardback, June 2009