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Tales of Love, Sex, and Danger

Sudhir Kakar and John Munder Ross


First published in 1986, this ground-breaking work addresses two complex and very human emotions—love and erotic passion—as these appear in the great love stories of the world. Starting with the story of Romeo and Juliet and its roots in European Christianity, the authors uncover hidden depths of cultural and universal significance in famous romantic tales of the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent—‘Layla and Majnun’, ‘Heer and Ranjha’, ‘Sohni and Mahinwal’, ‘Vis and Ramin’, and ‘Radha and Krishna’. Moving westward again, the authors look at the Greek myth of Oedipus, the Celtic saga of Tr ... More

Keywords: love, erotic passion, love stories, Romeo and Juliet, Oedipus, sex, danger, psychoanalysis, literary theory, Vladimir Nabokov

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198072560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sudhir Kakar, author

John Munder Ross, author
Columbia University