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Beckman Fellow 2005-06

Valeria Sobol

Slavic Languages and Literatures

FEBRIS EROTICA: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF LOVESICKNESS IN RUSSIA

This project attempts to account for the strikingly frequent appearance of the ancient notion of lovesickness in Russian literary, philosophical, and medical texts. Professor Sobol argues that lovesickness (a borderline concept that highlights the link between the emotional and the physical) plays such an important role in Russian culture due to its intense preoccupation with the nature of the mind-body interaction.