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‘The Chemistry of Love Poetry’

Hancock, Timothy (2007) ‘The Chemistry of Love Poetry’. The Cambridge Quarterly, 36 (3). pp. 197-228. [Journal article]

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Recent advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging have revealed that individuals experiencing passionate love have distinctive patterns of brain activity that suggest that this sort of love is less an emotion than a more fundamental evolutionary drive. Drawing on this research, I explore the implications that this has for our understanding of love poetry, which - since C.S. Lewis's 'Allegory of Love' - has often been portrayed as the product of specific cultural circumstances, nurture rather than nature, but perhaps now should be recognised as a common byproduct of a universal existential experience.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > English
ID Code:13252
Deposited By: Dr Tim Hancock
Deposited On:11 May 2010 08:26
Last Modified:09 May 2016 11:01

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