Love as a Hollow: Merleau‐Ponty's Promise of Queer Love

Hypatia 32 (1):54-68 (2017)
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Megan Burke
Oklahoma State University
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This article argues that Maurice Merleau-Ponty advances a queer notion of love. In particular, I argue that his notion of love as an institution, as a hollow fueled by the imaginary dimension of existence, shows that love unhinges petrified ideals of gender. I suggest that the crucial insight to be found in Merleau-Ponty's account of love is that love is a lived openness that invites us to seek out new ways of being.
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