Understanding Love: Philosophy, Film, and Fiction

Paperback | November 19, 2013

EditorSusan Wolf, Christopher Grau

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This collection of original essays, written by scholars from disciplines across the humanities, addresses a wide range of questions about love through a focus on individual films, novels, plays, and works of philosophy. The essays touch on many varieties of love, including friendship, romanticlove, parental love, and even the love of an author for her characters. How do social forces shape the types of love that can flourish and sustain themselves? What is the relationship between love and passion? Is love between human and nonhuman animals possible? What is the role of projection inlove? These questions and more are explored through an investigation of works by authors ranging from Henrik Ibsen to Ian McEwan, from Rousseau to the Coen Brothers.

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This collection of original essays, written by scholars from disciplines across the humanities, addresses a wide range of questions about love through a focus on individual films, novels, plays, and works of philosophy. The essays touch on many varieties of love, including friendship, romanticlove, parental love, and even the love of a...

Susan Wolf is the Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work focuses chiefly on ethics and its close relations in philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, political philosophy, and aesthetics. She is author of Freedom within Reason (OUP, 1990) and Meaning in Life a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Susan Wolf: Introduction1. Macalester Bell: "Fording the Great Divide: Grizzly Man and the Possibilities and Limits of Human-Animal Friendship"2. Lawrence Blum: "False Symmetries in Far From Heaven"3. Maria DiBattista: "The Untold Want of Now, Voyager"4. Frances Ferguson: "Communicating Love: Ian McEwan, Saturday, and Personal Affection in the Information Age"5. Christopher Grau: "Love, Loss, and Identity in Solaris"6. Nick Halpern: "The Embarrassing Father"7. Rae Langton: "Projected Love"8. Douglas MacLean: "Between Desire and Destruction: Reflections on The Go-Between"9. Toril Moi: "Something that resembles a kind of love: Fantasy and Realism in Little Eyolf"10. Fred Neuhouser: "Rousseau's Julie: Passion, Love, and the Price of Virtue"11. David L. Paletz: "Sherman's March: Romantic Love in Documentary Films"12. Gilberto Perez: "Hitchcock's Family Romance: Allegory in Shadow of a Doubt"13. C. D. C. Reeve: "Lessons in Looking: Krzysztof Kieslowski's Short Films on Love"14. Judith Smith: "Talking Back to Hollywood Love Stories: 'Marital Realism' Films, 1946-1964"15. George Toles: "Dipping into Omniscience with Willa Cather: Authorial Knowledge as Love"16. George M. Wilson: "Love and Bullshit in Santa Rosa: On The Man Who Wasn't There"17. Susan Wolf: "Loving Attention: Lessons in love from The Philadelphia Story"