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The Laws of LovePurloined Love Letters

The Laws of Love: Purloined Love Letters [The logic of the purloined love letter is that desire is everywhere to be seen. It ends up in all the most obvious places but we tend to overlook it. If you remember Poe’s story, the detective Dupin, never leaving the broodingly narcotic atmosphere of a private library, located the missing love letter without lifting a finger. It was there for everyone to see. Its concealment lay in its not being concealed. Dupin laughed at the police and outwitted them in their searches by following the deeper law, a poetic justice in which desire held pride of place and maximum visibility.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Laws of LovePurloined Love Letters

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The Laws of Love — Sep 30, 2015

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007
ISBN
978-1-349-28311-8
Pages
49 –64
DOI
10.1057/9780230626539_3
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The logic of the purloined love letter is that desire is everywhere to be seen. It ends up in all the most obvious places but we tend to overlook it. If you remember Poe’s story, the detective Dupin, never leaving the broodingly narcotic atmosphere of a private library, located the missing love letter without lifting a finger. It was there for everyone to see. Its concealment lay in its not being concealed. Dupin laughed at the police and outwitted them in their searches by following the deeper law, a poetic justice in which desire held pride of place and maximum visibility.]

Published: Sep 30, 2015

Keywords: Love Affair; Walk Away; Obvious Place; Blank Page; Private Library

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