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List of Illustrations Prologue: My Queen of the Night Acknowledgments Introduction: Exile of the Star-Blazing Queen in The Magic Flute Part I. Cosmogonies of the Night 1. Nyx and her Children 2. "Let there be darkness!" 3. Hegel's Night of the World 4. Freud's Night Side of the Soul Part II. Night Talks 5. Shakespeare's Night World 6. Freud's Book of Dreams 7. A Poetics of Insomnia Part III. Gothic Nights 8. Moral Temptations of the Night 9. Seeing the World Darkly 10. Night's Doubles 11. The Nocturnal Flaneur Part IV. Film Noir's Nights 12. Return of a Hollywood Star 13. Nocturnal Desire of the Femme fatale 14. Into the Night 15. Fate and Chance Part V. The Ethics of Awakening 16. What Lies at the End of the Night 17. George Eliot's Dawn 18. Edith Wharton's Twilight 19. Virginia Woolf's Nights and Days Bibliography Index

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Bronfen moves between the realms of philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, and music with innovative reflections on myth and its aftermath. Night Passages is a critical classic with insight into the arrangement of Europe's major languages, linguistic homogeneity and heterogeneity, and relations between Eurocentricity and diaspora. -- David Punter, author of Rapture: Literature, Addiction, Secrecy Elisabeth Bronfen's Night Passages will take readers not only to the end of the night, but to its beginnings and middle as well. The nocturnal world of the ancient Greeks, of Shakespeare, Hegel, Freud, and film noir, of Mozart, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf, of E. T. A. Hoffmann and Martin Scorsese--it is all here. No other work deals so profoundly with what the human mind has imagined about life between sunset and sunrise. Written for anyone who wants to explore night's aura, lore, cultural, and philosophical resonances, this book will open your eyes to the power of darkness--there are new discoveries to be made on every page. Robert Frost wrote that he was 'acquainted with the night,' but Elisabeth Bronfen knows it through and through. -- William Sharpe, Barnard College

About the Author

Elisabeth Bronfen is professor of English and American studies at the University of Zurich. Her numerous books include Specters of War: Hollywood's Engagement with Military Conflict; Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity, and the Aesthetic; The Knotted Subject: Hysteria and Its Discontents; and Home in Hollywood: The Imaginary Geography of Cinema.


[A] brilliantly idiosyncratic study... CHOICE [A] sprawling meditation on the meanings of the night; it is full of restless, probing insights. -- Matthew Beaumont Times Literary Supplement

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