Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Esteem Enlivened by Desire: The Couple from Homer to Shakespeare

Hagstrum, Jean H. (Fellow, 1985-86; Fellow, 1986-87)

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992

From the publisher's description:

A magisterial book by one of our most distinguished literary historians, Esteem Enlivened by Desire Illuminates (and celebrates) the ideal of lasting love from antiquity to the high Renaissance. Love that leads to marriage is a relatively recent "invention," or so critics and historians often say. But in this remarkable survey, Jean H. Hagstrum argues that long-term commitment formed of friendship and passion is one of Western culture’s oldest and richest concepts.


Subjects: Art; Literature;; Literary History; Love; Sexuality; Marriage