Book review in a scholarly journal
Ideas of romantic love are continually reproduced in art, literature, and media, forming part of our larger cultural imagination. In romantic love we enter the world of fantasy, and in a sense, take flight from reality. Entering into this fantasy, this play of romantic love, has all kinds of personal and social consequences. One might ask: is romantic love a desirable deception? Sociologist Mary Evans thinks not. In Love: An Unromantic Discussion, she urges us—women in particular—to abandon romantic love. It is individualistic. Its expectations are too high. It is demanding. It’s commodified love. It is a myth. It’s bound to fail. For women, it is a trap.
'Love's Reverberations' is a Review Essay of:
Mary Evans, Love: An Unromantic Discussion, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2003.
Pike, D. (2003). Love’s reverberations. The Drawing Board: An Australian review of public affairs, June.