A Natural History of Love

A Natural History of Love

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by Diane Ackerman, Barbara Caruso
     
 

ISBN-10: 0788701533

ISBN-13: 9780788701535

Pub. Date: 02/28/1995

Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC

Following the triumphant success of her book A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman has turned her formidable gifts to that greatest gift of all -- the elusive, eternal, and endlessly interesting matter of love. The result is pure Ackerman: a splendid, serious, scientific, poetic, playful, and lyrical 'tour d'horizon' of love's many forms and faces.…  See more details below

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Following the triumphant success of her book A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman has turned her formidable gifts to that greatest gift of all -- the elusive, eternal, and endlessly interesting matter of love. The result is pure Ackerman: a splendid, serious, scientific, poetic, playful, and lyrical 'tour d'horizon' of love's many forms and faces. Ackerman draws on a variety of sources, both classical and from her immediate experience. She gives a fresh new reading to Freud ('mapping the war zones of the heart'), Stendhal (love as fantasy), and Proust ('the erotics of waiting'), and draws lessons from lovers across time.

Her attention then moves to the physical -- the chemistry, biology, and neurophysiology associated with love in the brain, mind, and body. She discusses the 'evolution of the face,' the cuddle, both as caress and as chemical, and the customs of marriage. There are astonishments everywhere. Her distinctive touch, aided by her personal adventures and explorations, enriches our understanding of women and horses, men and mermaids, sex and flying, and other equally enticing subjects.

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ISBN-13:
9780788701535
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
Unabridged

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Love's Vocabulary
A Long Desire: The History of Love
Egypt3
History's Paramour, the Serpent Queen3
Art in Ancient Egypt7
The Hieroglyphic Love Poems10
My Sister, My Bride14
A Long Desire16
Greece17
The World of the Citizen King17
The Woman's World19
Men Loving Men21
The Family23
Orpheus and Eurydice25
Rome29
The Nightmare of Girls29
Dido and Aeneas32
The Family35
Oh, Victoria!38
Ovid and the Art of Love39
Decorating Leisure Time42
The Middle Ages43
The Birth of Chivalry43
Books of Love47
Troubadours49
The Heart's Rebellion51
The Origins of Courtly Love56
Abelard and Heloise60
Modern Days66
The Angel and the Witch66
Romeo and Juliet70
Bridled Hearts75
A Waking Swoon82
A Return to Courtly Love85
Domestic Paradise88
Modern Love90
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter: Ideas About Love
Plato: The Perfect Union95
Stendhal Meets the Deep South99
Denis de Rougemont: Love and Magic105
Marcel Proust and the Erotics of Waiting112
Freud: The Origins of Desire123
Attachment Theory131
All Fires the Fire: The Nature of Love
The Loving Impaired139
Disabling Love139
The Horror of the Ik141
Brain-Stem Sonata: The Neurophysiology of Love146
The Evolution of Love150
The Plastic Brain152
New-Age Sensitive Guys154
Adultery156
The Battle of the Sexes157
The Chemistry of Love159
Mother Love, Father Love159
The Cuddle Chemical162
The Infatuation Chemical164
The Attachment Chemical166
The Chemistry of Divorce167
Aphrodisiacs169
A Necessary Passion: The Erotics of Love
Fire from the Flesh: Why Sex Evolved177
The Spice of Life180
The Face181
The Evolution of the Face184
Survival of the Cutest186
Facing Our Biases188
The Hair190
Women and Horses196
Men and Cars217
The Indy 500218
The Lightest Longing: Sex and Flying227
Wings over Africa230
Men and Mermaids236
Sexual Chic: Perversion as Fashion241
Kissing249
On the Sensuality of Looking255
Passing Strange and Wonderful: Love's Customs
Patterns in Nature259
The Courtship261
Flesh of My Flesh: The Marriage267
Of Cocks and Cunts277
Love on the Edge: Adultery, Extravagant Gestures, and Crimes of Passion279
Points for a Compass Rose: Varieties of Love
Altruism289
For the Love of Children: Interplast292
For the Love of Strangers: Life and Death in the South Seas308
On Religious Love314
On Transference Love322
On the Love of Pets326
Postscript: The Museum332
Selected Bibliography338
Index345

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