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Male Jealousy Literature and Film by Louis Lo

Male Jealousy Literature and Film

Part of the Continuum Literary Studies Series


Male Jealousy Literature and Film by Louis Lo

A well argued, comparative study of male jealousy in literature and film, informed by critical theory and engaging with key philosophical figures such as Derrida, Freud and Lacan. Male Jealousy: Literature and Film is a critical and cultural theory-based study of male jealousy in western culture and its connections with paranoia. By tracing the meanings of jealousy and the representation of jealous men (married or unmarried, heterosexual or homosexual), Lo argues that jealousy is promoted within patriarchy and within what Derrida characterises as logocentricism, where to love is the desire to be loved, and where love cannot be guaranteed in any form of sexual relationship.Contrasting the difference between jealousy and its closely linked concept, envy, this book explores the economy of possession and its relationship to the body, and argues, controversially, that jealousy is an even more modern concept than envy. Informed by critical theory, engaging in particular with Derrida, Deleuze, Freud, Lacan and Kristeva, the study offers close readings of key works by Cervantes, Shakespeare, Proust, Bunuel, Vidor and Almodovar, in which a spectrum of different forms of jealousy are portrayed.


Mentioned-The Chronicle Review, July 4, 2008 Mentioned--The Chronicle Review, July 4, 2008 Mentioned The Chronicle Review, July 4, 2008 Louis Lo has written an exemplary work, making comparison of texts from different cultures absolutely new and fresh. Historicizing an emotion whose relationship to paranoia and love becomes acutely apparent in analyzing Cervantes, Shakespeare and Proust, he moves expertly through different modes, relating jealousy to gender and film theory, to Freud and Derrida, and to comparisons between Britain, France, Argentina, Spain, and Hong Kong. Its scope and achievement is productive, fertile and stimulating. -Jeremy Tambling, Professor of Literature, University of Manchester, UK.

About the Author

Dr Louis Lo is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature, Shue Yan University, Hong Kong.

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Publication date

6th March 2008


Louis Lo

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


208 pages


Literary studies: general
Films, cinema



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