In Europe, love has been given a prominent place in European
self-representations from the Enlightenment onwards. The category
of love, stemming from private and personal spheres, was given a
public function and used to distinguish European civilisation from
others. Contributors to this volume trace historical links and
analyse specific connections between the two discourses on love and
Europe over the course of the twentieth century, exploring the
distinctions made between the public and private, the political and
personal. In doing so, this volume develops an innovative
historiography that includes such resources as autobiographies,
love letters, and cinematic representations, and takes issue with
the exclusivity of Eurocentrism. Its contributors put forth
hypotheses about the historical pre-eminence of emotions and
consider this history as a basis for a non-Eurocentric
understanding of new possible European identities.
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