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Diane Enns

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178969

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178969.001.0001

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(p.1) Part I (p.2) (p.3) Legacy
Love in the Dark

Diane Enns

Columbia University Press

Part I delves into the author’s past as a Mennonite girl inheriting Christian and Platonic paradigms of love that assume a stark division between mind and body or spirit and flesh and exert patriarchal control over female sexuality and behavior. The prejudice against “vulgar love” for women is highlighted in the writings of Plato, Augustine and Abelard, and an alternative account of erotic desire is traced to Sappho’s lyrical poems and the biblical Song of Solomon. Personal reflections on youthful passion in conflict with religious fervor weave in and out of philosophical exposition.

Keywords:   flesh, eros, vulgar love, women’s sexuality, sacrifice, Mennonites

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