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'Falling in love with love is falling with make believe': ideologies of romance in post-Enlightenment culture

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This article suggests that an understanding of love which allowed for a rational discourse about human relationships was proposed at the time of the Enlightenment but was subsequently contested and replaced by an ideology of romantic love. Romantic love, far from emancipating human understanding and behaviour, trapped individuals in a narrow and often negative set of expectations and aspirations.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/29346/

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