Rethinking Love, Rereading the Romance
19-21 June, 2014
Plenary speaker: Hsu-Ming Teo
Eros, Philia, Agape: for nearly three thousand years, these three Greek terms have been used in the West to triangulate the shifting concept called “romantic love,” not just in philosophy and theology, but also in popular culture. In other parts of the globe, love gets framed quite differently—by ‘ishq and hub and their cognates, by shringara and bhakti and prem, by the shifting codes of qing and aiqing—but no matter the language, debates about what love is, how it should feel, and how a lover should behave cross the great divides that separate high art and intellectual discourse from kitsch, journalism, and popular culture.
For its fifth international conference on Popular Romance Studies, to be held at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance focuses on romantic love and its representations in popular media, now and in the past, from anywhere in the world.