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Touche

by John Leigh | 05 June 2015
Category: Other Books
Many of the greatest names in Western literature wrote about or even fought in duels. As John Leigh explains, in this history of the duel, it was a gift as a plot device. However, writers also sought to discover in duels something more fundamental about human conflict and how we face our fears of humiliation, pain, and death. For some, it was a social issue, a scourge to be mocked or lamented, although even its critics could be seduced by its risk and glamour. Others defended duelling by arguing that the man of noble bearing who cared less about living than living with honour was everything that the contemporary bourgeois was not. Thus, the literary history of the duel, as this volume makes clear, illuminates the tensions that attended the birth of the modern world.
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Many of the greatest names in Western literature wrote about or even fought in duels. As John Leigh explains, in this history of the duel, it was a gift as a plot device. However, writers also sought to discover in duels something more fundamental about human conflict and how we face our fears of humiliation, pain, and death. For some, it was a social issue, a scourge to be mocked or lamented, although even its critics could be seduced by its risk and glamour. Others defended duelling by arguing that the man of noble bearing who cared less about living than living with honour was everything that the contemporary bourgeois was not. Thus, the literary history of the duel, as this volume makes clear, illuminates the tensions that attended the birth of the modern world.
Currently out of stock
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121 Reward Points

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€40.53
Currently out of stock
Delivery 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery
121 Reward Points

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Many of the greatest names in Western literature wrote about or even fought in duels. As John Leigh explains, in this history of the duel, it was a gift as a plot device. However, writers also sought to discover in duels something more fundamental about human conflict and how we face our fears of humiliation, pain, and death. For some, it was a social issue, a scourge to be mocked or lamented, although even its critics could be seduced by its risk and glamour. Others defended duelling by arguing that the man of noble bearing who cared less about living than living with honour was everything that the contemporary bourgeois was not. Thus, the literary history of the duel, as this volume makes clear, illuminates the tensions that attended the birth of the modern world.

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Touche

ISBN9780674504387

Format

Publisher (05 June. 2015)

No. of Pages352

Weight634

Language English (United States)

Dimensions 236 x 160 x 29.23