As I announced a month ago, I am once again teaching the great Signum University class, “C.S. Lewis and Mythologies of Sex and Love.” I love this course, which uses C.S. Lewis’ book and lecture series, The Four Loves, to structure a survey of different kinds of love stories in history. While some students will take the course to simply enjoy a great books class–and there really are some great books in the reading list–what I am doing is also setting up a way of thinking about how culture frames the way we think about different kinds of love.
Doing such a course makes some mocking of cultural irresistible to me. So woven into the very serious lectures are these little moments of humour. After a fairly serious hour on medieval courtly love and the affair between theologian Peter Abelard and literary scholar/abbess Heloïse, I insert a short spoofy and goofy segment as I pivot to Romeo and Juliet and other Western forbidden love tales. This is my light and flaky take on some great and terrible forbidden love films. It’s lofi, chatty, and filled up with comments from the class. I hope you enjoy–and do nothing more than enjoy! But if you like the syllabus and would like to join us, do let me know (you can contact me here).