History 160D / Cultural Anthropology 160D
The History of Romantic LoveALP, CCI, EI, W
This is a draft version of 29 October 2007, subject to change.
Meetings: MW, 10:05 - 10:55 am, Room: TBA (Friday discussion sessions, 10:05 - 10:55 am)
Instructor: William M. Reddy
216A Carr Bldg., 684-2343
This course examines the development of a "heroic"
form of romantic love in
Class discussions. Lecture
and reading materials will be discussed each week; participation in discussion
will count for 20% of the course grade.
Papers. Students will develop and defend their own views on various aspects of the history of romantic love in three brief papers. Each paper will be worth 20% of the course grade. The first paper will examine the question covered in the first two weeks of class: Why was romantic love invented in the twelfth century? The second and third papers will be on a topic selected from a list available on the course web site. Students will formulate a question about that topic and critically examine answers available in readings selected for each topic. (Students may develop their own paper topics as well, if they prefer.) The selection of topic, and formulation of a guiding question, must be completed approximately ten days before the paper is due. Any paper may be rewritten, to improve the grade, within two weeks of the date one receives it back. Students must rewrite at least two papers (except when grades of A - or better are received).
Final examination. A take-home final examination will count for 20% of the course grade. Students will select from a list of essay questions, and will have twenty-four hours to prepare answers.
Books available for purchase in the Textbook Store:
(Students are not required to purchase these books, although all contain substantial reading assignments. Most will also be available on reserve in Lilly Library.)
Chrétien de Troyes, Lancelot or the Knight of the Cart, translated by Ruth Harwood Cline (Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1990) $19.95
Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, Abridged Edition, translated by Edward G. Seidensticker (New York: Knopf, 1990) $14.95
Howard Hibbett, The Floating World in Japanese Fiction (Boston: Tuttle Publishing, 1975) $14.95
Ihara Saikaku, Five Women Who Loved Love, translated by William Theodore de Bary (Boston: Tuttle Publishing,  1956) $12.95
Jaffe, Irma B., and
Gernando Colombardo, Shining Eyes, Cruel
Fortune: The Lives and Loves of Italian Renaissance Women Poets (
Mary Wortley Montagu, Selected Letters (London: Penguin, 1997) $18.00
Samuel Richardson, Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded (London: Penguin,  1980) $10.00
Nancy B. Reich, Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1985) $22.95
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, translated by James Strachey (New York: Norton, 1989) $11.95
Nancy Milford, Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St Vincent
I. Romantic Love in the Middle Ages
Wednesday, 9 January. Introduction to the course
Friday, 11 January. Discussion
Monday, 14 January. The invention of romantic love.
Wednesday, 16 January. The code of chivalry.
Friday, 18 January. Discussion
Chrétien de Troyes, Lancelot or the Knight of the Cart, translated by Ruth Harwood Cline (Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1990), 1-140.
II. Love in the ancient world
[Monday, 21 January. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day]
Wednesday, 23 January. Why love in the ancient world was not heroic.
Friday, 25 January. Discussion
Plutarch, Life of Mark Antony, in Roman Lives, translated by Robin Waterfield (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 360-431. (Available on www.netlibrary.com .)
III. The Role of love in Hindu temple worship
Monday, 28 January. Puri and the Gitagovinda.
Wednesday, 30 January. The place of sexuality in Hindu theological ideas.
Friday, 1 February. Discussion
Marglin, Frédérique Apffel, "Refining
the Body: Transformative Emotion in Ritual Dance," in Owen M. Lynch, ed., Divine
Passions: The Social Construction of Emotion in
Monday, 4 February. British incomprehension of Hindu sexuality.
Wednesday, 6 February. From temple worship to Bollywood films
Friday, 8 February. Discussion
Steve Derné, Culture in Action: Family Life, Emotion, and
Male Dominance in
IV. The Buddhist-tinged love of Heian and Tokugawa
Monday, 11 February. The
Wednesday, 13 February. Genji's childlike persona.
Friday, 15 February. Discussion
Readings: Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, Abridged Edition, translated by Edward G. Seidensticker (New York: Knopf, 1990), 3-106 (In the unabridged edition on reserve, read chapters 1, 4, 5, 7)
Monday, 18 February. The "floating world" of Tokugawa cities
Wednesday, 20 February. Sexuality and the status of women in Tokugawa society and today
Friday, 22 February. Topic selections due for second paper.
Friday, 22 February. Discussion
Howard Hibbett, The Floating World in Japanese Fiction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959; Boston: Tuttle Publishing, 1975), 3-50, 154-218
Sheldon Garon, "The
World's Oldest Debate? Prostitution in Imperial
V. Europe: How Romantic Love Survived the Decline of Chivalry (1400-1600)
Monday, 25 February. The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the end of chivalry.
Wednesday, 27 February. Renaissance theories of love, Italian love poets of the Renaissance
Friday, 29 February. Discussion
T. Anthony Perry, Erotic Spirituality: The Integrative Tradition from Leone Ebreo to John Donne (University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1980), 10-34
Irma B. Jaffe and Gernando
Colombardo, Shining Eyes, Cruel Fortune:
The Lives and Loves of Italian Renaissance Women Poets (
Monday, 3 March. French and English love poets of the Renaissance.
Wednesday, 5 March. The question of gallantry.
Friday, 7 March. Discussion
John Donne, "The Exstasie."
Brantôme, Gallant Ladies (ca. 1580), selections from 1933 translation.
[8-16 March. Spring Break]
VI. How Romantic Love Changed from Vice to Virtue (1600-1800)
Monday, 17 March. The campaign against gallantry.
Wednesday, 19 March. Rebels on principle: Dorothy Osborne and Mary Wortley Montagu
Friday, 21 March. Discussion
Joan DeJean, Tender Geographies: Women and the Origins of the Novel in France (New York, 1991), 47-98 [check exact pp at office]
Dorothy Osborne, The Letters of Dorothy Osborne to William Temple, edited by G. C. Moore Smith (Oxford: Clarendon Press, [1652-54] 1928), the letters numbered: 5-17, 26-28, 43-45, 47-48, 53-54
Mary Wortley Montagu, Selected Letters (London: Penguin, 1997)
Monday, 24 March. Sentiment as virtue in the Eighteenth Century
Wednesday, 26 March. Love and the excesses of sentiment
Friday, 28 March. Topic selections due for third paper
Friday, 28 March. Discussion
VII. The rise of the modern diagnostic view: Love as sexual desire in disguise
Monday, 31 March. The flourishing of romantic love in the nineteenth century.
Wednesday, 2 April. The crisis of the family and the rise of sexology (1870-1914)
Friday, 4 April. Discussion
Nancy B. Reich, Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1985), 58-134
Rudolph Binion, "Fiction
as Social Fantasy:
Monday, 7 April. Freud's approach to love
Wednesday, 9 April. Freudianism and feminism in the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Friday, 11 April. Discussion
Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
View: The Blue Angel (1930)
Monday 14 April. Sexual compatibility: The new marital ideal (1920-1960)
Wednesday, 16 April. The sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s
Friday, 18 April. Discussion
Dagmar Herzog, "'Pleasure,
Sex, and Politics Belong Together': Post-Holocaust Memory and the Sexual
Dagmar Herzog, "Sexuality in the Postwar West," Journal of Modern History 78 (March 2006): 144 - 171.
View: The Graduate (1967)
Annie Hall (1977)
Monday, 21 April. Romantic love makes a come back, 1980-present
Wednesday, 23 April. The end of sexology?
View: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)