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Passion Play

(Filip Matthijs) The Low Countries - 2008, № 16, pp. 89-98

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About love and lust in the contemporary Low Countries. There's no heart without loins and no loins without heart, and just think what your head can get up to. Love is a battlefield, lust is a struggle in which your body and soul are at stake, and desire does not necessarily make your life easier, let alone happier. These days, though, it is omnipresent, as Tommy Wieringa declares in his Dynamics of Desire (2007). It has turned the life of the postmodern sexual majority into one big passion play that is not to be directed by anyone, with a rollercoaster ride through fear and joy, pain and pleasure , seduction and control, disappointment and satisfaction, replacing the classic Way of the Cross – but with a great many resurrections, so that you can die over and over again.

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