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Duras and Platonic Love: The Erotics of Substitution

Duras and Platonic Love: The Erotics of Substitution Paul alleN miller Duras and Platonic Love The Erotics of Substitution Diotima: Indeed since Eros is always [the desire of the good], would Eros be the name of the zeal and the intensity of those pursuing the good in a certain manner? What does this activity happen to be? Can you say? SocrateS: But, Diotima, I would not be in awe of your wisdom and would not put myself to school with you, if I understood these things. Diotima: Well, I'll tell you, then. For Eros is the desire to give birth in beauty, both in body and soul. SocrateS: What you are saying, I replied, demands skill in prophecy (manteias), and I don't understand. (Symposium 206b1­8) When it rained those around her knew that Lol watched for brief breaks in the clouds from behind her bedroom windows. I believe that she must have found there, in the monotony of the rain, that elsewhere--uniform, pale, and sublime--more beloved by her soul than any other moment in her present life, the elsewhere that she had sought since her return to S. Tahla. (Duras, Le ravissement 49) Marguerite Duras is a novelist of erotic obsession. Love in her work is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Duras and Platonic Love: The Erotics of Substitution

The Comparatist , Volume 37 (1) – May 12, 2013

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Paul alleN miller Duras and Platonic Love The Erotics of Substitution Diotima: Indeed since Eros is always [the desire of the good], would Eros be the name of the zeal and the intensity of those pursuing the good in a certain manner? What does this activity happen to be? Can you say? SocrateS: But, Diotima, I would not be in awe of your wisdom and would not put myself to school with you, if I understood these things. Diotima: Well, I'll tell you, then. For Eros is the desire to give birth in beauty, both in body and soul. SocrateS: What you are saying, I replied, demands skill in prophecy (manteias), and I don't understand. (Symposium 206b1­8) When it rained those around her knew that Lol watched for brief breaks in the clouds from behind her bedroom windows. I believe that she must have found there, in the monotony of the rain, that elsewhere--uniform, pale, and sublime--more beloved by her soul than any other moment in her present life, the elsewhere that she had sought since her return to S. Tahla. (Duras, Le ravissement 49) Marguerite Duras is a novelist of erotic obsession. Love in her work is

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