In her paper, "Heidegger, the Erotics of Ontology, and the Mass-Market Romance," Deborah Lutz explores a particular formula of mass-market romance -- the dangerous lover or "sweet savage" one -- as an allegory for Heidegger's theories of nearness and being-toward-an-end in Being and Time. The postponements, secrets, and failed presence of the final immanence of love in these narratives allegorize the flight and entanglement of Dasein in the everyday. The romance's narrative movement as always in relationship with its end -- the full presence of love -- and its structure of being always ahead of itself, mirrors the narrativity of Dasein's being-toward-death. With the meeting of these two registers, Lutz explores what romance has to teach philosophy about transcendence through the "vulgarity" of the everyday, about transcendence as a repetition, and failure as a constituent of presence.
"Heidegger, the Erotics of Ontology, and the Mass-Market Romance."
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