‘I’m sincerely in love with a man whose name I don’t know and with whom I’ve never exchanged a single word’: Notions of Romantic Love in 1960s British and Irish Women's Magazines.
Both ‘true love’ and the phenomenon of ‘love at first sight’ featured as part of debates about mid-century everyday romantic relationships. Was it possible to love someone without ever speaking to them? Was sex the ultimate confirmation of love? Did emotion hold a privileged position when it came to choosing a partner? This talk will explore how the concept of ‘love’ was presented, understood, and manipulated through the lens of letters to women’s magazines in 1950s and 1960s Britain and Ireland.
History Society Lecture with Dr Ciara Meehan
13th February 1pm to 2pm
R147 - DeHav campus