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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

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When Bad Things Happen to Other People

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Publisher Comments:

Now in paperback, John Portmann's provocative and groundbreaking book explores what the Germans call "Schadenfreude"--the all-too-human foible of deriving pleasure from the suffering of others. "When Bad Things Happen to Other People" examines the complexity inherent to "Schadenfreude" by engaging not only philosophers like Kant and Nietzsche but a variety of thinkers and writers including Freud, Baudelaire, Dickens and even contemporary novelists like Umberto Eco and Toni Morrison. What makes this book compulsively readable is that "Schadenfreude" becomes a springboard to explore many pressing issues in contemporary society, ranging from debates over institutional punishment to our insatiable desire for media images of power, scandal and betrayal. Encyclopedic in its scholarship yet accessible and strangely intimate, this highly original book challenges all of us to reexamine our feelings about suffering, sympathy and the ambiguity of justice.

Synopsis:

"Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies", Gore Vidal once observed. It's funny, it's terrible, and it's true. What is it in human nature that makes us derive pleasure from others' — even friends' — suffering? John Portmann explores this all-too-human foible — what the Germans call Schadenfreude — in the first book ever written about this universal emotion.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-233) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415923354
Author:
Portmann, John
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Portmann John
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
Pleasure
Subject:
Suffering
Subject:
Sympathy
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
FS-081-98
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
242
Dimensions:
8.94x6.06x.80 in. .81 lbs.

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Product details 242 pages Routledge - English 9780415923354 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies", Gore Vidal once observed. It's funny, it's terrible, and it's true. What is it in human nature that makes us derive pleasure from others' — even friends' — suffering? John Portmann explores this all-too-human foible — what the Germans call Schadenfreude — in the first book ever written about this universal emotion.
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