Essay Topic 1
The other's absence is an important theme in the text. It surfaces in figures such as Absence, Anxiety, and Waiting. Discuss how the lover defines himself through absence:
- What does it mean that amorous absence functions in a single direction? (Absence, pg. 13)
- Who carries out the discourse of absence historically and what does this mean for the lover?
- What position does the other occupy in this dynamic?
- How does the other's absence affect the lover? (Anxiety, pg. 29)
- In what way is the absent other associated with truth? (Waiting, pg. 37)
Essay Topic 2
In Askesis and Dark Glasses/To Hide, the lover's suffering becomes performative. He performs acts that point to his amorous state for the benefit of the other.
- How does the lover perform his suffering? What are the activities, rituals, or behaviors he adopts?
- What are the goals of...
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