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The Resource A tremendous thing : friendship from the Iliad to the Internet, Gregory Jusdanis

A tremendous thing : friendship from the Iliad to the Internet, Gregory Jusdanis

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A tremendous thing : friendship from the Iliad to the Internet
Title
A tremendous thing
Title remainder
friendship from the Iliad to the Internet
Statement of responsibility
Gregory Jusdanis
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Why did you do all this for me?" Wilbur asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you." "You have been my friend," replied Charlotte. "That in itself is a tremendous thing."--Charlotte's Web by E.B. White Friendship encompasses a wide range of social bonds, from playground companionship and wartime camaraderie to modern marriages and Facebook links. For many, friendship is more meaningful than familial ties. And yet it is our least codified relationship, with no legal standing or bureaucratic definition. In A Tremendous Thing, Gregory Jusdanis explores the complex, sometimes contradictory nature of friendship, reclaiming its importance in both society and the humanities today. Ranging widely in his discussion, he looks at the art of friendship and friendship in art, finding a compelling link between our need for friends and our engagement with fiction. Both, he contends, necessitate the possibility of entering invented worlds, of reading the minds of others, and of learning to live with people. Investigating the ethics, aesthetics, and politics of friendship, Jusdanis draws from the earliest writings to the present, from the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad to Charlotte's Web and "Brokeback Mountain," as well as from philosophy, sociology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and political theory. He asks: What makes friends stay together? Why do we associate friendship with mourning? Does friendship contribute to the formation of political communities? Can friends desire each other? The history of friendship demonstrates that human beings are a mutually supportive species with an innate aptitude to envision and create ties with others. At a time when we are confronted by war, economic inequality, and climate change, Jusdanis suggests that we reclaim friendship to harness our capacity for cooperation and empathy
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COO
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1955-
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Jusdanis, Gregory
Dewey number
302.34
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
BJ1533.F8
LC item number
J87 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Friendship
  • Friendship in literature
  • Social networks
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Friendship
  • Friendship in literature
  • Social networks
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A tremendous thing : friendship from the Iliad to the Internet, Gregory Jusdanis
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-209) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The politics of friendship -- Mourning becomes friendship -- Duty and desire -- Friends and lovers -- Afterword: digital friends
Control code
897815146
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801452840
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801454752
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22573/ctt9xz9f5
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)897815146
Label
A tremendous thing : friendship from the Iliad to the Internet, Gregory Jusdanis
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-209) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The politics of friendship -- Mourning becomes friendship -- Duty and desire -- Friends and lovers -- Afterword: digital friends
Control code
897815146
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801452840
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801454752
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt9xz9f5
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)897815146

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