Falling in Love: Stumbling Words

in Loving Yusuf

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226035864
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226035888 | DOI:
Falling in Love: Stumbling Words

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This chapter explores the relationship between art and love in more ways than one. The primary form this relationship takes is the seriousness, yet elusiveness, of words. The chapter suggests that the success of Roland Barthes' Fragments d'un discours amoureux was due to the banality of its insights, combined with their almost shocking clarity. Barthes has no entry on falling in love, because his book begins when that fall has already taken place. The chapter, by contrast, reverts to that early moment when the subject loses power over his or her self because he or she falls. It finds the verb “falling” relevant for the encounter with the woman who suffered such an accident. It most certainly relates to what has become known as the story of the Fall, the first transgression that cost humanity its unrealistic dreams of grandeur, immortality, and celestial bliss.

Keywords: art; love; Roland Barthes; Fall; transgression; humanity; immortality; falling in love; falling

Chapter.  11748 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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