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Three Moments of Love is a series of reflections on the work of Leonard Cohen and Bruce Cockburn. These two artists, so different in style and temperament, are brought together in one work in order to compare and examine the way in which they approach the question of love and desire, in their art and in their life.
Although the work of Cohen and Cockburn are not often thought of as addressing similar question, Nonnekes contends that , despite wildly different routes, both of these artists arrive at a similar place in their desire: the love provided by communion with the feminine other. From a psychoanalytic perspective, especially Lacan and Kristeva, and from the critical theory of Benjamin, Nonnekes proposes two subjects, one called I, from Cohen's work, and one called S, from Cockburn's work, and follows the journeys of each of these subjects as they yearn for love.
An original and challenging study of two brilliant and idiosyncratic songwriters, whose work has never before been compared in such depth...essential critical reading - Stephen Scobie, author of Leonard Cohen and winner of the Governer General's Award for Poetry in 1980 for McAlmon's Chinese Opera.
A fascinating tale, constructed from lyrical voices with passions as troubling as they are transforming, as muddled as they are messianic. The book shows why it is for the hopeless that hope is given. Lambert Zuidervaart, author of Adorno's Aesthetic Theory and co-editor of The Semblance of Subjectivity.
|Date Published||15 May 2001|
|Publisher||Black Rose Books|