Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire
About the event
What can a cultural history of the heartthrob teach us about women, desire, and social change? From dreams of Prince Charming or dashing military heroes, to the lure of dark strangers and vampire lovers; from rock stars and rebels to soulmates, dependable family types or simply good companions, female fantasies about men tell us as much about the history of women as about masculine icons. Social and cultural historian Carol Dyhouse draws upon literature, cinema, and popular romance to show how the changing position of women has shaped their dreams about men, from Lord Byron to boy-bands. Reflecting on the history of women as consumers and on the nature of fantasy, escapism, and ‘fandom’, she takes us deep into the world of gender and the imagination.