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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264775

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.001.0001

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The History of Romantic Love in Sub-Saharan Africa: between Interest and Emotion

The History of Romantic Love in Sub-Saharan Africa: between Interest and Emotion

Raleigh Lecture on History

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(p.1) The History of Romantic Love in Sub-Saharan Africa: between Interest and Emotion
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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures
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Megan Vaughan

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.003.0001

This chapter looks at the history of romantic love in Sub-Saharan Africa. This text comes from a lecture given at the British Academy's 2009 Raleigh Lecture on History. This text attempts to explore some of the methodological and theoretical issues involved in an historical study of love in Africa. It argues that romantic love in Africa is not simply an extension of an imperialist cultural and political project and that emotional regimes cannot be divorced from economic circumstances. It explains that though the configurations of interest and emotion take specific forms in African societies, there is nothing peculiarly African about the evident need of individuals to balance realism and idealism in their emotional lives.

Keywords:   romantic love, Sub-Saharan Africa, imperialist cultural project, emotional regimes, interest, emotion, realism, idealism

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