Desire: Love Stories in Western Culture
December 1994, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: Desire Now:.
1. Prologue: Writing About Desire.
2. Reading Love Stories.
3. Desire in Theory: Freud, Lacan, Derrida.
4. Postmodern Love.
Part II: Desire at Other Times:.
5. Adultery in King Arthur's Court.
6. John Donne's Worlds of Desire.
7. Demon Lovers.
8. Futures: Desire and Utopia.
* Covers the whole spectrum of romance from Mills and Boon and Bram Stoker to Keats, John Donne and Plato.
"Her account is a ripping yarn in its own right. Such writing contributes directly to what Morris liked to call the 'education of desire': the vital task of teaching us not only to contest and resist what exists, but how to desire, and how to expand the scope of what we might desire instead. Thanks to Catherine Belsey's splendid book, that task no longer looks quite so tough." Kiernan Ryan, University of Cambridge
"A superb account of desire in popular and canonical literature, as Belsey conclusively demonstrates, desire itself is not only operative in sexual and romantic fantasies. It is operative everywhere. Belsey's book should be required reading for writers of romance novels." Harriet Hawkins, Critical Survey
"Both unsettling and strangely moving. By tracing the constraints and resistances of desire in their historical discontinuity, Belsey proposes to provide desire with a history." Margaret Bridges, The European English Messenger