Revolutions of the Heart: Gender, Power, and the Delusions of Love

Revolutions of the Heart: Gender, Power, and the Delusions of Love

Revolutions of the Heart: Gender, Power, and the Delusions of Love

Revolutions of the Heart: Gender, Power, and the Delusions of Love

Synopsis

What happens when we fall in love? Why do we do it? Should we ever trust the 'language of the heart'? Why does love go wrong? Can love relationships ever be truly equal? In this challenging and highly original book, Wendy Langford dispels some of the mystery surrounding romantic love and presents a compelling explanation for why it does not give us what we desire. Love appears to be liberating because it arises in resistance to all that our social conditioning has led us to become and gives a glimpse of a radically different way of being in the world. But love is fuelled by unconscious compulsions which turn revolution into counter-revolution - the 'rebecoming' of all that we meant to leave behind.

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INTRODUCTION

Despite, or perhaps because of, its fundamental place in personal and social life, this form of love has rarely been subject to radical criticism. One particular exception is the feminist critique which gave rise to this powerful indict-ment: not only are couple relationships often characterised by cruelty, violence and the economic and sexual exploitation of women, but it is through the attempt to realise the romantic ideal that women make themselves ‘subject to love’. Falling in love causes a woman to enter into a particularly deluded state

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