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The Resource Has marriage for love failed?, Pascal Bruckner ; translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal

Has marriage for love failed?, Pascal Bruckner ; translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal

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Has marriage for love failed?
Title
Has marriage for love failed?
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Pascal Bruckner ; translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal
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Language
eng
Summary
Today we like to think that marriage is a free choice based on love: that we freely choose whom to marry and that we do so, not so much for survival or social advantage, but for love. The invention of marriage for love inverted the old relationship between love and marriage. In the past, marriage was sacred, and love, if it existed at all, was a consequence of marriage; today, love is sacred and marriage is secondary. But now marriage appears to be becoming increasingly superfluous. For the past forty years or so, the number of weddings has been declining, the number of divorces exploding and the number of unmarried individuals and couples growing, while single-parent families are becoming more numerous. Love has triumphed over marriage but now it is destroying it from inside. So has the ideal of marriage for love failed, and has love finally been liberated from the shackles of marriage? In this brilliant and provocative book Pascal Bruckner argues that the old tension between love and marriage has not been resolved in favour of love, it has simply been displaced onto other levels. Even if it seems more straightforward, the contemporary landscape of love is far from euphoric: as in the past, infidelity, loss and betrayal are central to the plots of modern love, and the disenchantment is all the greater because marriages are voluntary and not imposed. But the collapse of the ideal of marriage for love is not necessarily a cause for remorse, because it demonstrates that love retains its subversive power. Love is not a glue to be put in the service of the institution of marriage: it is an explosive that blows up in our faces, dynamite pure and simple
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In this thought-provoking book, the author argues that the old tension between love and marriage has not been resolved in favor of love, it has simply been displaced on other levels
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Tone
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10214865
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
306.81
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
Has marriage for love failed?, Pascal Bruckner ; translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal
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Publication
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1.The Catastrophe of the Wedding Night -- 2.Divorce, a `Judaic Poison' -- 3.The Nuptial Utopia -- 4.From Forbidden Love to Obligatory Love -- 5.The Pathologies of the Ideal -- 6.Honey and Hemlock -- 7.The Round of Disappointed Lovers -- 8.Towards Separation in a State of Euphoria? -- 9.A Ministry of Broken Hearts? -- 10.An Agony Amidst Glory -- 11.The Liberating Tradition -- 12.Restoring Reason to Sentiment -- 13.Together, Separated -- 14.The Defeat of Prometheus
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xi, 87 p.
Isbn
9780745669786
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a782039
  • (OCoLC)827777678
Label
Has marriage for love failed?, Pascal Bruckner ; translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal
Publication
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1.The Catastrophe of the Wedding Night -- 2.Divorce, a `Judaic Poison' -- 3.The Nuptial Utopia -- 4.From Forbidden Love to Obligatory Love -- 5.The Pathologies of the Ideal -- 6.Honey and Hemlock -- 7.The Round of Disappointed Lovers -- 8.Towards Separation in a State of Euphoria? -- 9.A Ministry of Broken Hearts? -- 10.An Agony Amidst Glory -- 11.The Liberating Tradition -- 12.Restoring Reason to Sentiment -- 13.Together, Separated -- 14.The Defeat of Prometheus
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xi, 87 p.
Isbn
9780745669786
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a782039
  • (OCoLC)827777678

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