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A Tremendous Thing: Friendship from the "Iliad" to the Internet

Gregory Jusdanis


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. This book explores the complex, sometimes contradictory nature of friendship, reclaiming its importance in both society and the humanities today. The book looks at the art of friendship and friendship in art, finding a compelling link between our need for friends and our engagement with fiction ... More

Keywords: friendship, relationship, fiction, mourning, political communities, cooperation, empathy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452840
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Jusdanis, author
The Ohio State University

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