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Women, Love, and Power
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Elaine Baruch is not only among the most quiet-voiced and fair-minded of feminist writers. She is also among the most far-ranging in her scholarship, equally at ease with the writers of the Renaissance and Freud, the medieval troubadours, and our contemporary polemicists. . . instructive, absorbing, and persuasive.
--Diana Trilling

A lively mind is at work here and a keen and witty writer too.
--Irving Howe

This is a fine collection of essays. . . making many imaginative conjectures and amusing connections.
--Times Literary Supplement

In these essays what emerges is a history of romantic love. . . Highly recommended.--Library Journal

Arguing that romantic love need not be a tool of women's oppression, feminist critic Baruch. . . contends that unacknowledged male fantasies about love motivate much literature by men. . . rewarding, provocative.--Publishers Weekly

Utilizing both Freudian and non-Freudian psychoanalysis as well as feminist criticism, Baruch examines literary works by women and men from medieval and Romantic periods as well as cultural observations on the twentieth century and how they have influenced attitudes toward love.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2. Whatever Happened to Romantic Love?
  2. pp. 25-30
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  1. 3. He Speaks/She Speaks: Language in Some Medieval Love Literature
  2. pp. 31-51
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  1. 4. The Politics of Courtship
  2. pp. 52-68
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  1. 5. Marvell's "Nymph": A Study of Feminine Consciousness
  2. pp. 69-81
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  1. 6. Romantic Narcissism: Freud and the Love O/Abject
  2. pp. 82-102
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  1. 7. On Splitting the Sexual Object: Before and After Freud
  2. pp. 103-121
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  1. 8. The Feminine Bildungsroman: Education through Marriage
  2. pp. 122-144
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  1. 9. Ibsen's Doll House: A Myth for Our Time
  2. pp. 145-160
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  1. 10. Women and Love: Some Dying Myths
  2. pp. 161-181
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  1. 11. "A Natural and Necessary Monster": Women in Men's Utopias
  2. pp. 182-206
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  1. 12. Love and the Sexual Object in Zamyatin's We and Orwell's 1984, with a Postscript on the Feminist Utopia
  2. pp. 207-229
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  1. 13. The Female Body and the Male Mind: Reconsidering Simone de Beauvoir
  2. pp. 230-246
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  1. 14. The Return of Romantic Love: Living the Literature
  2. pp. 247-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-280
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