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The Making of Romantic LoveLonging and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE$
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William M. Reddy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226706269

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226706283.001.0001

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(p.346) (p.347) Conclusion
The Making of Romantic Love

William M. Reddy

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses how the three case studies—of twelfth-century Europe, of twelfth-century Bengal and Orissa, and of tenth- and eleventh-century Heian Japan—exhibit such great contrasts that, even across local variation, conflict, and change, stable differences are evident in understandings about the structure of the world and of the place of the human self-body within it; and the uses of language in such a world. In view of these very substantial contrasts, it is all the more remarkable that striking similarities were found among all three cases in the characteristics of longing for association. Each of these points are taken up in turn.

Keywords:   Europe, Bengal and Orissa, Heian Japan, human self-body, language, longing for association

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