Edition: 2024
Pages: 112
Series: IR/L
ISBN: 9788858154236

Post-Romantics. On new ways of loving

Carolina Bandinelli



A personal, engaging and interdisciplinary essay on the future of love and sex beyond romantic narratives.

We have broken down the old rules and we are now struggling to understand our ways of loving: polyamory, fluidity, ethical monogamy are new terms that define a new geography of contemporary love. But if it is true that the “couple” is no longer the only way to be together, are we sufficiently “advanced” to explore new forms of love and co-existence? If the mystery, stumbling, imbalance and agony typical of romantic love no longer satisfy us, if they even scare us because they are harmful, is it better to eliminate disturbing those emotions altogether? Toxic love is better diagnosed in advance, examined, verified, negotiated? And again, we finally have a lexicon that aims to identify and eradicate what does not work: gaslighting, love bombing, boundaries, toxicity help us to understand the presence of a problem better and earlier, but what if, on the contrary, they flatten every kind of relationship? And is it really possible to take the power game out of sexuality? These are just some of the questions that pepper this insightful book, which seeks to ask and answer the question: “How do we love today”?

The author

Carolina Bandinelli

Carolina Bandinelli is a cultural theorist, writer and ethnographer. She writes in English and Italian, moving between fiction and non-fiction, academia and the wider public. She is Associate Professor of Media and Creative Industries at the University of Warwick, where she is Director of the MA in Global Media and Communication and co-director of the Centre for Digital Inquiry. In 2021 she curated the popular event series ‘Summer of Love: dialogues on digital romance’. Her work on digital love has appeared in prominent media outlets including the NYT, El Pais, The Atlantic and the BBC. Her current research is an interdisciplinary study of contemporary cultures of love, using cultural and media studies, literary criticism and ethnographic methods.

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