Date of Award

Spring 1997

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Political Science


College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Brian Nance


During this time period in France and England, the idea of passionate, erotic love began to be prevalent once more in the literature and minds of the nobility. The literature articulating this idea of love also included a new model for the perception of women. The perception of women was improved by the concept of passionate love. The lover and the beloved met on an equalized footing outside society, which engendered a more positive view of women within society as well.