The Love Grotto

Life Lessons about Sex, Love, Religion, and Society in Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tale of Tristan

by John N.H. Perkins



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/12/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781480898202
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781480898196
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781480898219

About the Book

This book introduces the reader to a feminist psychological understanding of the age-old tale of the tragic lovers Tristan and Isolde. John Perkins offers us a series of life lessons designed to heighten our appreciation of our own sensibilities as he retells and examines Gottfried von Strassburg’s twelfth century work Tristan.
The central dilemma is the tension between our duty to follow the ingrained patriarchal values of our society on the one hand and an in-depth realization of our holistic human nature on the other—following an authentic life over a prescribed one; the struggle between obligation and love—behaving correctly under surveillance (the watchful dictates of law or custom) or living by the spontaneous inclinations of the illumined heart.  

About the Author

John N. H. Perkins is a psychoanalyst in the tradition of C. G. Jung. Educated at the University of Notre Dame, in the U. Chicago Great Books curriculum at Shimer College, and The Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, Perkins studied with the late Joseph Campbell at Sarah Lawrence College, and was the analysand and protégé of the late analyst and writer Dr. Robert A. Johnson.