The Body in the Novels of Leonard Cohen

by Philipp Hofmann

Title Corporeal Cartographies
The Body in the Novels of Leonard Cohen
Author Philipp Hofmann
Country & Year Germany 2010
Publisher Lit Verlag, Germany
Pages 304, in English
Notes ISBN 9783643110350. Paperback.
Summary This book is a slightly revised version of Hofmann's doctoral thesis completed in 2007 at the University of Cologne. The book focuses on the importance of corporeality in Leonard Cohen's prose works The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). It argues that prevailing post-structuralist theories that describe the body as discursively constructed cannot do justice to the real and violent proportions of the bodies in Cohen's visionary texts. These theories should be complemented by the neo-materialist approach developed by French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, who stress the importance of physical forces and intensities that affect the production and the expression of bodies, both in life and art.

Thanks to Philipp Hofmann for the book!