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The Rilke Alphabet$
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Ulrich Baer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256280

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256280.001.0001

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The Rilke Alphabet

Ulrich Baer

, Andrew Hamilton
Fordham University Press

The chapter shows that Rilke’s conception of death as an irrepressible part of life is a powerful antidote to most Western literary conceptions of life. Yet Rilke’s relationship with Lou Andreas-Salome, Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis ultimately leads him to blame masturbation for the illness of leukemia that kills him.

Keywords:   Sigmund Freud, Lou Andreas-Salome, Masturbation, Death, Life, Immanence, Rilke’s Death

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