A Psychosocial Exploration of Love and Intimacy by Joanne Brown (auth.)

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43 However, the main consumers of the novels that Giddens describes as ‘flooding the bookshops’ in the early 1700s were (middle class) women. Giddens quotes from a 1753 (p. 41) ‘Lady’s Magazine’ which declared that ‘there is scarce a young Lady in the kingdom who has not read with avidity a great number of romances and novels’ (p. 173). However, Sarsby adds that it was not women’s ‘equality which made them avid readers about love, but their very dependency’ (p. 68). According to Hendrick and Hendrick and Sarsby an ideology was needed to justify women as unpaid labour and women in the middle ranks of society were not therefore supposed to be concerned with ‘vulgar economic concerns’ (Sarsby, p.

We should not look within to find our emotions, but at our language, which Shibles says captivates us. To speak of ‘falling in love, finding love’ and so on is a category mistake: the metaphor to myth fallacy. If we ask interviewees to tell us about their experiences of love, we are in this context, in danger of asking them to introspect on a ‘vague abstraction’.

Sociological perspectives (Berger and Kellner, 1964; Giddens, 1992; Beck and Beck-Gernsheim, 1995; Hatfield and Rapson, 1996) on the function of romantic love will be briefly reviewed. ) will be used in order to criticise the traditional sociological assumption that romantic love represented a new kind of freedom (specifically for women). 2 Courtly love: amour passion As already stated, it is possible to identify ways in which the romantic love story partakes of religious ideals, enlightenment thinking, romanticism and socio-political changes.

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