Introduction: Love, the Book Market, and the Popularization of Romance

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In our own culture, the value of romantic love is largely settled. Despite a steady stream of popular songs devoted to the notion that “Love Hurts,”4 romantic love is seen as generally positive, an essential element in all strong marriages, a pleasurable and valuable and normative part of a healthy emotional life. The main contemporary controversy on the subject involves the extension of traditional notions of heterosexual romance and marriage to include gay and lesbian relationships. But love itself is generally seen as a Good Thing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEarly Modern Cultural Studies 1500-1700
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameEarly Modern Cultural Studies 1500-1700
ISSN (Print)2634-5897
ISSN (Electronic)2634-5900


  • Book Market
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Romantic Love
  • Sexual Desire
  • Sixteenth Century

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Linguistics and Language


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