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Love in the Western World : Princeton Paperbacks - Denis De Rougemont

Love in the Western World

Princeton Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 1st August 1983
ISBN: 9780691013930
Number Of Pages: 392

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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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"De Rougemont's reasoning is often ingenious, always arresting, fascinating in detail."--Time (Magazine)

Particulars 1982p. 5
The Tristan Myth
Behind the Vogue of the Novelp. 15
The Mythp. 18
Topicality of the Myth, or Reasons for its Analysisp. 23
What the Romance of Tristan Seems to be Aboutp. 26
Some Riddlesp. 30
Chivalry v. Marriagep. 32
The Love of the Romancep. 35
The Love of Lovep. 38
The Love of Deathp. 42
The Love-Potionp. 46
Unhappy Mutual Lovep. 50
'Old Tune So Full of Sadness'p. 54
The Religious Origins
The Natural and Sacred 'Obstruction'p. 58
Eros, or Boundless Desirep. 60
Agape, or Christian Lovep. 66
East and Westp. 68
Reaction to Christianity in European Mannersp. 71
Courtly Love: Troubadours and Catharsp. 74
Heresy and Poetryp. 81
Objectionsp. 90
Arab Mystical Poetryp. 101
A General View of Courtlinessp. 107
From Courtly Love to Arthurian Romancep. 122
From Celtic Myths to Arthurian Romancep. 126
From Arthurian Romance to Wagner, via Gottfried of Strasbourgp. 131
What Has Been Ascertained So Farp. 136
Passion and Mysticism
How the Problem Standsp. 141
'Tristan' as the Account of a Mystical Experiencep. 143
Curious but Inevitable Transpositionsp. 151
Orthodox Mystics and the Language of Passionp. 153
Courtly Rhetoric in Spanish Mysticismp. 159
A Note on Metaphorp. 164
The Mystic Deliverancep. 167
The Twilight of Passionate Lovep. 169
The Myth in Literature
Of the Influence of Literature on Conductp. 173
The Two Rosesp. 175
Sicily, Italy, Beatrice, and Symbolsp. 177
Petrarch, the Converted Rhetorp. 180
The Inverted Ideal of 'Gauloiserie'p. 185
The Later History of Chivalry down to Cervantesp. 188
'Romeo and Juliet', and then Miltonp. 189
'L'Astree', or From the Mystical to the Psychologicalp. 193
Corneille, or Giving Battle to the Mythp. 196
Racine, or the Myth Unloosedp. 200
'Phedre', or 'Punishing' the Mythp. 202
Eclipse of the Mythp. 206
Don Juan and the Marquis de Sadep. 209
'La Nouvelle Heloise'p. 213
German Romanticismp. 217
The Myth Withdraws Into the Human Breastp. 221
Stendhal, or The Fiasco of the Sublimep. 224
Wagner, or Completionp. 227
The Myth is Popularizedp. 232
The Glorification of Instinctp. 236
The Spread of Passion into Every Spherep. 238
Love and War
How They Are Similarp. 243
The Warlike Language of Lovep. 244
Chivalry: a Rule of Love and Warp. 246
Tournaments, or The Myth in Actionp. 248
Cannon and Condottierip. 251
Classic Warfarep. 254
Fighting in Lace Cuffsp. 257
Revolutionary Warp. 259
National Warp. 262
Total Warp. 264
The Transplanting of Passion into Politicsp. 267
The Myth v. Marriage
The Breakdown of Marriagep. 275
The Modern Notion of Happinessp. 280
'It's Wonderful to be in Love!'p. 281
Marrying Iseult?p. 283
From Lawlessness to Eugenicsp. 287
The Significance of the Breakdownp. 291
Active Love, or Keeping Faith
We Must Take Our Standp. 299
A Critique of Marriagep. 300
Marriage as a Decisionp. 303
On Keeping Trothp. 306
Eros Rescued by Agapep. 311
Paradoxes of the Western Attitudep. 315
Beyond Tragedyp. 319
Inconclusive and Scientifico-Polemical Postscript
Influence and Attacksp. 327
Ambiguity of Influencesp. 328
Catharist Renaissance in the Twentieth Centuryp. 329
Retort to My Criticsp. 331
A Mystical Troubadour: Henry Susop. 337
Troubadours and Catharsp. 340
Tantrism and Courtesyp. 349
On the Invention of Love in the Twelfth Centuryp. 352
Final Imprecationp. 362
Misunderstanding on Moralsp. 366
Passion and Incestp. 369
Passion and Allergyp. 372
Passion and Drugsp. 374
Passion and Marriagep. 376
Indexp. 380
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ISBN: 9780691013930
ISBN-10: 0691013934
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st August 1983
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.46