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Women and Romance : A Reader - Susan Ostrov Weisser

Women and Romance

A Reader

By: Susan Ostrov Weisser (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2001
ISBN: 9780814793558
Number Of Pages: 492

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Romantic love has challenged and vexed feminist thought from its origins. Judging from the shelves of books advising women on love problems, there seems to be an ongoing difficulty in maintaining equality in romantic relationships. Does romance weaken or empower women? Why do women seem overwhelmingly attracted to romantic love in spite of raised consciousness in other areas of life that is a legacy of feminism? Have women always been seen as the sex which most seeks love and is best suited for love?

These are some of the questions Women and Romance: A Reader seeks to address in bringing together a collection of texts specifically focused on the subject of women's conflicted but powerful urge to experience the pleasure and endure the pain of romantic love. The first anthology of its kind, Women and Romance includes historical as well as contemporary selections, personal letters as well as theoretical essays, and social science perspectives as well as literary criticism of the novel and the popular mass-market romance. Wiesser lays out in systematic order for the first time the varying viewpoints and conflicted history of feminist views on romance, from Mary Wollstonecraft and Emma Goldman to Germaine Greer and Lillian Faderman.

Introductions to each entry and section clarify the emerging themes of each era and of separate disciplines, while representing the views of traditionalists and anti-romance second-wave feminists alike.

Contributors include: Charlotte Bronte, Barbara Bross, Eliza Southgate Bowne, Rita Mae Brown, Andreas Capellanus, Patricia Hill Collins, Simone de Beauvoir, Christine Delphy, Emily Dickinson, George Eliot, Lillian Faderman, Shulamith Firestone, Moderata Fonte, Mary Gaitskill, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Emma Goldman, Vivian Gornick, Germaine Greer, Lynne Harne, bell hooks, Karen Horney, Carolyn Heilbrun, Audre Lorde, Tania Modleski, Gloria Naylor, Mary Poovey, Janice Radway, William Robinson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jane Rule, Barbara Ryan, Ann Snitow, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gloria Steinem, Mary Wollstonecraft, Victoria Woodhull, Virginia Woolf.

Introductionp. 1
The Art of Courtly Love (c. 1185)p. 9
The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men (1600)p. 12
Emile (1762)p. 17
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)p. 23
Editorial in the Lily (1852)p. 29
The Young Lady's Counsellor: Or Outlines and Illustrations of the Sphere, the Duties, and the Dangers of Young Women (1855)p. 31
A Women's Thoughts about Women (1858)p. 33
The Principles of Social Freedom (1871)p. 39
What Women Like in Men (1901)p. 45
Marriage and Love (1914)p. 51
Woman: Her Sex and Love Life (1917)p. 58
How to Love Like a Real Woman (1969)p. 62
Letter to Abelard (12th Century)p. 67
Letters of Love and Gallantry Written by Ladies (1694)p. 71
Letters to Gilbert Imlay (1793-95) and William Godwin (1796-97)p. 72
A Girl's Life Eighty Years Ago (1800)p. 82
Letters to Ellen Nussey (1840) and Constantine Heger (1845)p. 85
Letter to Herbert Spencer (1852)p. 89
Letters to "Master" (c. 1861) and Susan Gilbert Dickinson (1852-1855)p. 91
Letters to Houghton Gilman (1898)p. 95
Letters to Ben Reitman (1909-1919); Living My Life (1934)p. 97
Letters to Leonard Woolf (1912) and Vita Sackville-West (1929)p. 102
Letters to Jean-Paul Sartre (1938)p. 105
A Letter to Larry (1989)p. 107
The Second Sex (1949)p. 113
The Dialectic of Sex (1970)p. 119
The Female Eunuch (1971)p. 123
In Favor of True Love over Settling (1975); Going for What We Really Want (1975)p. 130
Radical Feminism and Love (1974)p. 138
It's All Dixie Cups to Me (1976)p. 143
Scratching the Surface: Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving (1978)p. 149
Close to Home: A Materialist Analysis of Women's Oppression (1984)p. 154
Really Being in Love Means Wanting to Live in a Different World (1983)p. 157
Black Men and the Love and Trouble Tradition (1990)p. 173
Beyond Sex and Romance? Lesbian Relationships in Contemporary Fiction (1998)p. 177
Search for Tomorrow: on Feminism and the Reconstruction of Teen Romance (1984)p. 181
The Feminization Love (1986)p. 189
Surpassing the Love of Men (1981)p. 205
The Overvaluation of Love: A Study of a Common Present-Day Feminine Type (1934)p. 209
The Alienation of Desire: Women's Masochism and Ideal Love (1986)p. 214
What Do Women and Men Want from Love and Sex? (1983)p. 222
Male-Female Relations: How the Past Affects the Present (1988)p. 245
Love and Romance as Objects of Feminist Knowledge (1993)p. 254
Persuasion and the Promise of Love (1983)p. 267
Love and Sex in the Afro-American Novel (1989)p. 271
Lesbian Romance Fiction and the Plotting of Desire: Narrative Theory, Lesbian Identity, and Reading Practice (1998)p. 276
The End of the Novel of Love (1997)p. 292
Silly Novels by Lady Novelists (1856)p. 301
Mass Market Romance: Pornography for Women Is Different (1979)p. 307
Women Read the Romance: The Interaction of Text and Context (1983)p. 323
Feminism without Women: Culture and Criticism in a "Postfeminist" Age (1991)p. 342
The Wellsprings of Romance (1989); Let Me Tell You about My Readers (1992)p. 347
Reading Romance, Reading Ourselves (1996)p. 355
Constructing Girlhood: Popular Magazines for Girls Growing up in England, 1920-1950 (1995)p. 375
Reason within Passion: Love in Women's Magazines (1991)p. 384
What Does a Kiss Mean? The Love Comic Formula and the Creation of the Ideal Teen-Age Girl (1975)p. 403
Endless Love Will Keep Up Together: The Myth of Romantic Love and Contemporary Popular Movie Love Themes (1992)p. 414
Seduction and Betrayal: The Crying Game Meets The Bodyguard (1994); Mock Feminism: Waiting to Exhale (1996)p. 428
Hooked on a Feeling (1990)p. 441
Homophobia and Romantic Love (1981)p. 449
The Tender Trap (1988)p. 453
Modern Romance: A Lesson in Appetite Control (1989)p. 456
Endless Love (1997)p. 459
The Last Gift of Time: Life beyond Sixty (1997)p. 462
Beyond Embarrassment: Feminism and Adult Heterosexual Love (1993)p. 464
Indexp. 475
About the Editorp. 478
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ISBN: 9780814793558
ISBN-10: 081479355X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 492
Published: 1st July 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.85