Love in the Western World

By | June 19, 2017
Love in the Western World Author Denis De Rougemont
ISBN-10 0691013934
ISBN-13 9780691013930
Year 1983-08-01
Pages 392
Language English
Publisher Princeton University Press
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In this classic work often described as The History of the Rise Decline and Fall of the Love Affair Denis de Rougemont explores the psychology of love from the legend of Tristan and Isolde to Hollywood At the heart of his ever relevant inquiry is the inescapable conflict in the West between marriage and passion the first associated with social and religious responsiblity and the second with anarchic unappeasable love as celebrated by the troubadours of medieval Provence These early poets according to de Rougemont spoke the words of an Eros centered theology and it was through this heresy that a European vocabulary of mysticism flourished and that Western literature took on a new direction Bringing together historical religious philosophical and cultural dimensions the author traces the evolution of Western romantic love from its literary beginnings as an awe inspiring secret to its commercialization in the cinema He seeks to restore the myth of love to its original integrity and concludes with a philosophical perspective on modern marriage

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