Obsession : A History

Obsession : A History

Details

Author(s)
Lennard J. Davis
Format
Paperback | 296 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 19.56mm | 449.06g
Publication date
27 Oct 2009
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0226137848
ISBN13
9780226137841
Bestsellers rank
111,155

Description

We live in an age of obsession. Not only are we hopelessly devoted to our work, strangely addicted to our favorite television shows, and desperately impassioned about our cars, we admire obsession in others: we demand that lovers be infatuated with one another in films, we respond to the passion of single-minded musicians, we cheer on driven athletes. To be obsessive is to be American; to be obsessive is to be modern. But obsession is not only a phenomenon of modern existence: it is a medical category - both a pathology and a goal. Behind this paradox lies a fascinating history, which Lennard J. Davis tells in "Obsession". Beginning with the roots of the disease in demonic possession and its secular successors, Davis traces the evolution of obsessive behavior from a social and religious fact of life into a medical and psychiatric problem. From obsessive aspects of professional specialization to obsessive compulsive disorder and nymphomania, no variety of obsession eludes Davis' graceful analysis.


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