Has Marriage for Love Failed?

Has Marriage for Love Failed?

Le Marriage D'amour A-t-il é Choué

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WILEY
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.

Baker & Taylor
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.

Book News
Philosophy writer Bruckner offers this series of vignettes on marriage and its evolving relationship with love, making frequent reference to the history of philosophy of love and sex. Short narrative chapters reflect on the value of virginity, religious attitudes toward divorce, cultural fantasies of utopian marriage, the opposite poles of forbidden love and arranged marriage, disappointment, jealousy, infidelity, legal standards, and finally open-ended speculation on how relationships might be socially structured as we move into the future. There is no bibliography or index. Distributed by Wiley. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Malden, MA: Polity Press ©2013
Edition: English edition
ISBN: 9780745669786
Characteristics: xi, 87 pages ; 20 cm

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