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Book review: the history of the kiss! the birth of popular culture by Marcel Danesi

Hezser, Catherine (2014) Book review: the history of the kiss! the birth of popular culture by Marcel Danesi. LSE Review of Books (24 Mar 2014). Website.

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Abstract

How should we make sense of the iconic act of the kiss? How and when did it become a vital sign of romance and love? In this book, Marcel Danesi argues that the romantic kiss had its origins in the medieval court ritual. He aims to explore how the kiss emerged in the context of adultery and non-traditional amorous relationships. He takes the reader through medieval poetry and romance literature to modern paintings, movies, and pop songs, arguing that its romantic incarnation signalled the birth of popular culture. Catherine Hezser finds that The History of the Kiss is too light on analysis and lacks a convincing argument to make it useful for academic reading.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 08:23
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 00:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57472

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