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Abstract. In this paper I will present and discuss what I consider to be a new interpretation of Søren Kierkegaard's “The Seducer's Diary”. I will demonstrate how. Editorial Reviews. Language Notes. Text: English (translation) Original Language: Danish. About the Author. The text is from Howard V. Hong's and Edna H. Read "The Seducer's Diary" by Soren Kierkegaard available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. Johannes is an aesthete.
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Click here. cover image of The Seducer's Diary. Read A Sample. The Seducer's Diary. by Soren Kierkegaard Author · Alastair Hannay Translator. ebook. "In the vast literature of love,The Seducer's Diaryis an intricate curiosity--a feverishly The Seducer's Diary Read Online · Download PDF; Save; Cite this Item. ""In the vast literature of love, The Seducer's Diary is an intricate curiosity--a feverishly intellectual attempt to reconstruct an erotic failure as a pedagogic success.
Kierkegaard fell in love with the young woman, ten years his junior, proposed to her, but then broke off their engagement a year later. This event affected Kierkegaard profoundly. Olsen became a muse for him, and a flood of volumes resulted. His attempt to set right, in writing, what he feels was a mistake in his relationship with Olsen taught him the secret of "indirect communication. Matters of marriage, the ethical versus the aesthetic, dread, and, increasingly, the severities of Christianity are pondered by Kierkegaard in this intense work. The text is from Howard V.
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Furthermore, the Hong translation is excellent, poetic, and fluid. There are several problems with this.
The Seducer's Diary pdf
First, "The Seducer's Diary" is written by Kierkegaard only in the sense that any of Macbeth's monologues in Shakespeare's play are written by Shakespeare. The Seducer expresses Kierkegaard's own views and feelings just as little as Macbeth expresses Shakespeare's.
By attributing the piece directly to Kierkegaard, and suggesting see the back cover that the book is somehow a portrayal of his relationship to Regine Olsen, this volume does a huge disservice to the actual content and function of the book.
Kierkegaard would be absolutely horrified by this volume. Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol This brings us to problem 2: Part 1 contains the papers of "Student A", an aesthete and sensualist, and part 2 contains a series of letters to Student A from "Judge William" in defense of "the ethical".
As the final chapter of Part 1, "The Seducer's Diary" offers a climactic portrait of the failures of the aesthetic life. Johannes the Seducer is the aesthete's ideal, and we sense that if Student A pursued his values to their ultimate end he would end up like the Seducer. The Seducer is an updated version of Don Juan, who, rather than leaping on one girl after another in quick succession, undertakes a spiritual as well as a physical seduction, until his prey can totally surrender to him at which point he abandons her.
The Seducer is meant to be horrifying and extremely perverse. To identify Kierkegaard with the Seducer is absolutely outrageous. Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol. According to Kierkegaard, there are three stages or spheres of existence: In "The seducer's diary", the author depicts the life of someone who has made a conscious choice for the aesthetic way of life, with all the consequences that implies.
The plot is simple, and the book is very short, but all the same the reader will become easily and quickly involved with the characters, and won't be able to forget the lessons learned through them. Johannes is a seducer for vocation and profession: He likes women only until they have given him everything: Johannes isn't capable of a big love that will last forever, but rather of many fleeting little "loves", with a definite time limit "I am an aesthete, an eroticist, who has grasped the nature and the point of love, who believes in love and knows it from the ground up, and I reserve for myself only the private opinion that no love affair should last more that a half a year at most and that any relationship is over as soon as one has enjoyed the ultimate.
Here the reader will be able to follow the different stages of Johannes seduction and ultimate betrayal of Cordelia, his prey. The way in which Johannes plans the above mentioned seduction is rather astonishing, due to the fact that he thinks about it as a "war of conquest" that he has to win little by little, through many well-conceived strategies.
Not matter how passionate he might seem at times, we are remembered again and again that he is cold-bloodedly constant to his primal purpose. On the whole, I really liked "The seducer's diary", and can recommend it to you. To tell the truth, I cannot say that I loved the ending, but I can see that it illustrates Kierkegaard point of view perfectly, bringing home the idea that a purely aesthetic way of life isn't an intelligent choice.
Of course, we already knew that, but it is all the same a good idea to read why, expressed in such a conspicuously clear way as this. Belen Alcat.
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