Natural History of Love

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A wide-ranging, deep-probing history of what love has meant in the Western world.  Primarily a history of emotional relationships between the sexes, it is for everyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the bond that unites men and women.

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Overview

A wide-ranging, deep-probing history of what love has meant in the Western world.  Primarily a history of emotional relationships between the sexes, it is for everyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the bond that unites men and women.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This expanded and revised edition of Hunt's 1959 social history chronicles the meaning of love from ancient times to the present. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566191319
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 8/15/1994
  • Pages: 416

Table of Contents

Ch. I Introduction
1 The Trouble with a Word 3
2 Love in the Butterfly Net 8
Ch. II Dilemma in Greece
1 The Invention of Love 15
2 Love Life of an Insolent Hero 16
3 "Marriage Brings a Man Only Two Happy Days" 20
4 The Descent from Primitivism 29
5 The Noble Companion 33
6 The Love of a Beautiful Boy 42
7 The Limits and Fate of Greek Love 49
Ch. III Bread and Circuses, Love and Games
1 Two Views of Pagan Love 55
2 A Classic Roman Love Affair 56
3 The Passing of the Old Ideal 63
4 The Lex Julia and Julia: A Roman Tragedy 70
5 The Tutor of Love, and the Textbook of Adultery 76
6 The Victory of Roman Love 82
7 Love as Symptom and Disease 88
Ch. IV It Is Better to Marry Than to Burn
1 The Dream of Spiritual Marriage 93
2 The Sources of Asceticism 100
3 The Struggle against Lust 106
4 The Transformation of Marriage 112
5 Saint Augustine: The Victory of Guilt 117
6 The Dark Ages of Love 122
7 The Heart's Paradox 126
Ch. V The Creation of the Romantic Ideal
1 Courtly Love: A Game That Became a Reality 131
2 The Service of Woman 132
3 The New Love in Theory and Practice 140
4 A New Plant Grows in an Odd Soil 145
5 The Founders and Exponents 150
6 Courtly Love in the Court of Love 156
7 The Spread of the New Doctrine 162
8 The Outcome of Courtly Love 170
Ch. VI The Lady and the Witch
1 The Flame of Love, and the Flame of the Stake 175
2 The Courtier in Love - A Two-dimensional Portrait 178
3 The Courtier in Love - A Three-dimensional Portrait 184
4 The Minions of Satan 192
5 Crosscurrents and Contradictions 199
6 The Quarrel Shows Signs of a Reconciliation 204
7 "A Wise Man and Lusty" Marries a Courtesan 211
Ch. VII The Impuritans
1 Puritanism Revisited 217
2 The Anti-Augustinian 219
3 The Bluenoses 225
4 The Puritan as Sinner 231
5 The Puritan as Lover 235
6 "Hail Wedded Love" 243
7 The Meaning of "Puritanical" 251
Ch. VIII The Contact of Two Epidermises
1 Love Becomes Ridiculous 255
2 Gallantry and the "Aching Void" 257
3 A One-man Sample of Restoration Love 265
4 Love and Polish in the Eighteenth Century 270
5 The Trouble with Don Juan 278
6 The Bourgeois Gentleman 284
7 A Most Unlikely Love Story 289
Ch. IX The Angel in the House
1 The Unmeaning of Romanticism 297
2 An Apostle of Romanticism and His Gospel 300
3 The Practices of Romantic Love 307
4 Household Romanticism 314
5 Private Lives of Some Victorians 322
6 Emancipation and Confusion 328
7 Perfect Love and Some of Its Imperfect Results 335
Ch. X The Age of Love
1 All for Love, or the World Well Won 341
2 The First Sexual Revolution 344
3 The New Romanticism: Dating and Sex 355
4 The New Romanticism: Illusions and Realities 363
5 Love as Panacea 372
6 Who Is Woman? What Is She? 380
7 Grand Design, with Flaws 390
Ch. XI Love Remodeled
1 Love Becomes a Dirty Word 401
2 The Second Sexual Revolution 404
3 What Does Woman Want - Now? 410
4 Love Moribund 420
5 Love Surviving 426
6 "I Don't Want the Answer" 440
7 Conclusion 448
Notes on Sources 451
Index 471
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