Corpus ID: 201043119

Love and Longing : Absolute Desire from Romanticism to Modernism

  title={Love and Longing : Absolute Desire from Romanticism to Modernism},
  author={Peter V. Zima},
  • Peter V. Zima
  • Published 2016
  • The article examines the differences between love and longing. Although both emotions are erotic in character, they differ substantially in that love is directed towards an object, whereas longing is of narcissistic origin and is directed towards the subject itself. The narcissistic subject avoids the apparently desired object because the latter is unconsciously associated with the child’s early desire for the mother who is inaccessible: i.e. prohibited by the incest taboo. As the object is… CONTINUE READING

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