Love in the Western World

ISBN-10: 0691013934

ISBN-13: 9780691013930

Edition: 1983 (Reprint)

Authors: Denis de Rougemont, Montgomery Belgion

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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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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/21/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Particulars 1982
The Tristan Myth
Behind the Vogue of the Novel
The Myth
Topicality of the Myth, or Reasons for its Analysis
What the Romance of Tristan Seems to be About
Some Riddles
Chivalry v. Marriage
The Love of the Romance
The Love of Love
The Love of Death
The Love-Potion
Unhappy Mutual Love
'Old Tune So Full of Sadness'
The Religious Origins
The Natural and Sacred 'Obstruction'
Eros, or Boundless Desire
Agape, or Christian Love
East and West
Reaction to Christianity in European Manners
Courtly Love: Troubadours and Cathars
Heresy and Poetry
Objections
Arab Mystical Poetry
A General View of Courtliness
From Courtly Love to Arthurian Romance
From Celtic Myths to Arthurian Romance
From Arthurian Romance to Wagner, via Gottfried of Strasbourg
What Has Been Ascertained So Far
Passion and Mysticism
How the Problem Stands
'Tristan' as the Account of a Mystical Experience
Curious but Inevitable Transpositions
Orthodox Mystics and the Language of Passion
Courtly Rhetoric in Spanish Mysticism
A Note on Metaphor
The Mystic Deliverance
The Twilight of Passionate Love
The Myth in Literature
Of the Influence of Literature on Conduct
The Two Roses
Sicily, Italy, Beatrice, and Symbols
Petrarch, the Converted Rhetor
The Inverted Ideal of 'Gauloiserie'
The Later History of Chivalry down to Cervantes
'Romeo and Juliet', and then Milton
'L'Astree', or From the Mystical to the Psychological
Corneille, or Giving Battle to the Myth
Racine, or the Myth Unloosed
'Phedre', or 'Punishing' the Myth
Eclipse of the Myth
Don Juan and the Marquis de Sade
'La Nouvelle Heloise'
German Romanticism
The Myth Withdraws Into the Human Breast
Stendhal, or The Fiasco of the Sublime
Wagner, or Completion
The Myth is Popularized
The Glorification of Instinct
The Spread of Passion into Every Sphere
Love and War
How They Are Similar
The Warlike Language of Love
Chivalry: a Rule of Love and War
Tournaments, or The Myth in Action
Cannon and Condottieri
Classic Warfare
Fighting in Lace Cuffs
Revolutionary War
National War
Total War
The Transplanting of Passion into Politics
The Myth v. Marriage
The Breakdown of Marriage
The Modern Notion of Happiness
'It's Wonderful to be in Love!'
Marrying Iseult?
From Lawlessness to Eugenics
The Significance of the Breakdown
Active Love, or Keeping Faith
We Must Take Our Stand
A Critique of Marriage
Marriage as a Decision
On Keeping Troth
Eros Rescued by Agape
Paradoxes of the Western Attitude
Beyond Tragedy
Inconclusive and Scientifico-Polemical Postscript
Influence and Attacks
Ambiguity of Influences
Catharist Renaissance in the Twentieth Century
Retort to My Critics
A Mystical Troubadour: Henry Suso
Troubadours and Cathars
Tantrism and Courtesy
On the Invention of Love in the Twelfth Century
Final Imprecation
Misunderstanding on Morals
Passion and Incest
Passion and Allergy
Passion and Drugs
Passion and Marriage
Index
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