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Romantic Intimacy

Nancy Yousef


Romantic Intimacy is a study of shared feeling as imagined in eighteenth century ethics, romantic literature, and twentieth century psychoanalysis. The term “intimacy”—which has always referred both to the inmost and personal, and to relationships of exceptional closeness—captures a tension between a confidence in the possibility of shared experience, and a competing belief that thoughts and feelings are irreducibly private. Original interpretations of Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Austen show how aspirations toward mutual recognition give way to appreciation of varied, non-r ... More

Keywords: Intimacy, sympathy, ethics, romanticism, sentiment, emotion, psychoanalysis, intersubjectivity

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804786096
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804786096.001.0001


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Nancy Yousef, author

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