Quiz (in two weeks)
- check material online
- discussion questions
theme of love..
Ovid’s Art of Love
-famous but was banished.. had to do with nature of art of love? (adultery, forbidden)
Plato’s Symposium (drinking party)
-Socrates as main character - tries to find answers by asking questions..
- love is a desire to find your other half (myth about one whole moving around and
threatening Gods - two halves
are searching for each other) — when the two halves meet, the danger is that they are so much in love..
and they forget everything else!
- if you do not have a historical / cultural distance.. it’s difficult to understand
a generation has a horizon of expectations - we expect relationships portrayed in a book to be in a certain
way. if the book fulfills
these expectations, we are happy.
ex. modern society: 50 shades of grey
Ideals of love
- someone you desire? what kind of love?
What are these ideals based on? => french culture for scope of this course
Song of Songs
consorted with foreign women
-considered to be a wedding poem
-mention of body parts of lover - comparison with animals and nature
-coming of spring
-everything shines when you are in love..
-controversy over some “inappropriate” sentences in the poem
-sensual imagery: “open mouth kiss” = your love is better than wine..
-also mentions positions..
describes body of beloved.. evoke/arouse
-his fruit was sweet to my taste = oral sex?