How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance (Compact Disc)
Spanning the Middle Ages to the present, "How the French Invented Love" explores a love-obsessed culture through its great works of literature, interlacing the author's charming personal anecdotes. This fascinating history will particularly delight fans of Alain de Botton, Adam Gopnik, and Simon Schama.
Love occupies an honored place in the French sense of identity, on a par with fashion, food, wine, and the rights of man. A Frenchman or woman without amorous desire is considered defective, like someone missing the sense of smell or taste. For hundreds of years, the French have championed themselves as guides to the art of love through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema, yet no English book has seriously addressed the subject of French ideas about love. No one has followed the roadmap of French literary landmarks, which explore every nuance of love as it evolved over the centuries until now.
In "How the French Invented Love," acclaimed scholar Marilyn Yalom distills her readings of French literary works and the memories of her experiences in France to discover the central tenets of that culture's gospel of love. In the process, she examines almost a thousand years of divine culture in search of the intimate moments that reveal how the particularly French concept of "l amour" has endured and evolved.
About the Author
Marilyn Yalom is a former professor of French and presently a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She is the author of widely acclaimed books such as A History of the Breast, A History of the Wife, and Birth of the Chess Queen, as well as The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History Through our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds, which includes a portfolio of photographs by her son Reid S. Yalom. She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband, the psychiatrist and author Irvin D. Yalom.
CHRISTINE WILLIAMS mesmerized audiences as a lead actor for the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 8 years, and she has also sung with the Rogue Opera. She currently teaches singing to actors and acting to singers at SOU, and narrates fiction and nonfiction audiobooks, with a special fondness for character work. On weekends, she loves to hike to mountaintops, and, if it gets too cold, she can make fire with sticks.