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Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Understanding Love: Philosophy, Film, and Fiction

Edited by Susan Wolf (Trustee; NHC Fellow, 2012–13) and Christopher Grau

Love; Friendship; Novels; Plays; Films

New York: Oxford University Press, 2014

From the publisher’s description:

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. Many varieties of love are discussed, among them, friendship, romantic love, parental love, and 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 in love? 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. As well as providing food for thought about the nature and limits of love, and close readings and interpretations of a variety of fascinating films and books, the volume offers a model of interdisciplinary conversation across the humanities.

Philosophy / Literature / Film and Media / Love / Friendship / Novels / Plays / Films /

Wolf, Susan (Trustee; NHC Fellow, 2012–13), ed. Understanding Love: Philosophy, Film, and Fiction. Edited by Susan Wolf and Christopher Grau. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.