Modern Fantasies on Love versus Classical Romances: On the Success of Fifty Shades of Grey
Viewed through the lens of physics, love conquers nothing is the conclusion reached when love patterns in romances are viewed through laws of quantum physics. In this book, based on the metaphor “Love/Text is Energy,” love in fiction is interpreted in the same way as subatomic particles are studied in quantum mechanics — by investigating traces of their clashes in giant colliders, i.e., as Marx’s ‘converted forms’ of the protagonists’ conscious and unconscious decisions and actions. The book introduces the Token Valence Method, which assumes that a word, like an elementary particle, is neither a particle nor a wave but rather a quantum state. The TVM has revealed three models of love patterns in fiction: adaptation (21st century), alienation (20th century), and imagination (1991-2021).
Ljuba Tarvi is a Russia-born Helsinki-based philologist, who got her first MA degree at the University of Novosibirsk in Russia and her second MA, followed by her PhD, at Helsinki University, Finland. She teaches English and Russian languages, lectures on translation studies and literature, and professionally translates and interprets. Her research interests include the works of Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Vladimir Nabokov and contemporary female writers, and she has published numerous works on these topics.
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