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

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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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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - Government by Love 1
  • 2 - Romantic Transformations 23
  • 3 - Analysing Love 42
  • 4 - Everybody’s Mummy 64
  • 5 - The Daughter’s Submission 89
  • 6 - Dialectics of Love 114
  • 7 - Misguided Revolutions 141
  • Appendix 154
  • Bibliography 158
  • Index 164
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