12 thoughts on “Reader query: Feminist work on love

  1. On feminist love studies, there is a network on FBhttps://www.facebook.com/FeministLoveStudies/

    There you can find info on upcoming conferences and papers.

    A special issue of Hypatia on Feminist Love Studies: vol 32: 1 Winter 2017.

    A new edited volume of essays on feminist love studies will appear in Winter 2018, Feminism and the Power of Love: Interdisciplinary Intervention, edited by Lena Gunnarsson and Adriana García Andrade.

    Hope this helps!

    Kathleen B. Jones, Ph.D.

  2. Two of my favorite essays on love, period (which are also feminist essays on love) are Marilyn Frye’s “In and Out of Harm’s Way: Arrogance and Love” and Rae Langton’s “Love and Solipsism.” Somewhat further afield from traditional Anglophone philosophy, you might look at Adrienne Rich’s work on motherhood, and the chapters on love, sex, and marriage in The Second Sex.

  3. I’ve been told by many feminist philosophers that my recent book is quite teachable. It was written with students in mind. On Amazon and the Columbia University Press website there are numerous reviews and comments, including some by Alison Jaggar, Sandra Bartky, Susan Bordo, Michael Kimmel, Jackson Katz, and Shira Tarrant.

    The title is Love and War: How Militarism Shapes Sexuality and Romance.

    Ditto to the previous comment re: the Feminist Love Studies FB page. It is a rich resource.

  4. Maybe people won’t think it’s explicitly “feminist” enough, but Martha Nussbaum has written quite a lot on love, both on its own and its importance for other values. It is, typically for her, clear, easy to read, and accessible.

  5. Luce Irigaray, “Sorcerer Love: A Reading of Plato’s Symposium, Diotima’s Speech”, and the critique by Andrea Nye, “Irigaray and Diotima at Plato’s Symposium.” Both are included in Nancy Tuana’s edited volume, Feminist Interpretations of Plato (Penn State, 1994).

  6. Alison Jaggar’s “Love and knowledge: Emotion in feminist epistemology” is fascinating and (in my experience) works well in the classroom.

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