This is a seminar that investigates the transformation of romantic love within the modernist dynamic, in other words, a socio-historical study of the changing meaning and significance of romantic love in the modern age. Students are required to keep up with weekly readings, make oral presentations in class, and participate in class discussions. There will be a mid-term paper required, which deals with one aspect of romantic love in the Taiwanese or Chinese context (written in Chinese, 3000 to 5000 words). Final papers must be done in English according to all scholarly requirements (10-15 pages). Topics must be approved by the instructor beforehand. No late papers will be accepted.
- Beck, Ulrich. “Part II.” Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity. London: Sage, 1986, 1992. 85-150.
- Beck, Ulrich and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim. “Individualization and ‘Precarious Freedoms’: Perspectives and Controversies of a Subject-Orientated Sociology.” Detraditionalization. Edited by Paul Heelas, Scott Lash and Paul Morris. Oxford: Blackwell, 1996. 23-48.
- ---. The Normal Chaos of Love. Cambridge: Polity, 1994.《愛情的正常性混亂》台北立緒，蘇鋒山、魏書娥、陳雅馨譯。
- De Beauvoir, Simone. “The Woman In Love.” The Second Sex. Trans. by H. M. Parshley. New York: Bantam. 603-629.
- Featherstone, Mike. “Introduction.” Love and Eroticism. London: SAGE, 1999. 1-18.
- Firestone, Shulamith. “Love.” The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution. New York: William Morrow. 121-147.
- Giddens, Anthony. “The Emergence of Life Politics.” In his Modernity and Self-ldentity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1991. 209-231. 《現代性與自我認同》趙旭東、方文譯，北京三聯。
- ---. The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love and Eroticism in Modern Society. Cambridge: Polity P, 1992. 37-86; 184-204.
- Giddens, Anthony and Christopher Pierson. “Interview Five: From the Transformation of Intimacy to Life Politics.” In their Conversations with Anthony Giddens: Making Sense of Modernity. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 1998. 118-150.
- Langford, Wendy. “Government by Love.” Revolutions of the Heart: Gender, Power ad the Delusions of Love. London & New York: Routledge, 1999. 1-22.
- Lindholm, Charles. “Love and Structure.” Featherstone. 243-263.
- Radway, Janice A. Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1984. “Introduction,” “The Institutional Matrix,” “The Act of Reading the Romance.” 3-45; 86-118.
- Restivo, Sal. “The Sociology of Love” in his The Sociological Worldview. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991. 117-146.
- Watt, Ian. “Love and the Novel.” “Private Experience and the Novel.” The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: U of California P, 1964. 135-207.
- Weber, Max. “The Erotic Sphere.” From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Ed. by H. H. Gerth & C. Wright Mills. London: Routledge, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997. 343-350.
Other Interesting Readings:
- Bailey, Beth L. From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1988, 1989.
- Elias, Norbert. “The Changing Balance of Power between the Sexes in Ancient Rome.” In his On Civilization, Power, and Knowledge. Ed. by Stephen Mennell and Johan Goudsblom. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1998.
- Jamieson, Lynn. Intimacy: Personal Relationships in Modern Societies. Cambridge: Polity P, 1998. Chapters 2, 6.
- Luhmann, Niklas. “ Love as a Generalized Symbolic Medium of Communication.” Love as Passion: The Codification of Intimacy. Trans. By Jeremy Gaines and Doris L. Jones. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1982, 1986. 18-33.
- Modleski, Tania. Loving with a Vengeance: Mass-Produced Fantasies for Women. New York: Routledge, 1990.
- Mumford, Laura Stempel. Love and Ideology in the Afternoon: Soap Opera, Women and Television Genre. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1995.
- Seidman, Steven. Romantic Longings: Love in America, 1830-1980. New York: Routledge, 1991.《午後的愛情與意識形態：肥皂劇、女人和電視劇種》，林鶴譯，北京：中央編譯出版社，2000年。
- Thurston, Carol. The Romance Revolution: Erotic Novels for Women and the Quest for a New Sexual Identity. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1987.