This was reprinted in The Hysterical Male: New Feminist Theory, Eds. Arthur Kroker and Marilouise Kroker (Houndmills, Basingstoke, 1991), pp. 93-131.
'True love,' as an unconditional love which comes unsought and unearned, that is, without the heroine actively seeking it and regardless of what she does to antagonize the hero, is like our dream of mother-love. The hero's nurturing and domineering behaviour, two aspects of the childhood experience of mothering, are presented as two constant and interacting themes, often evoked with symbols of mother and child in scenes which echo mother/child images, and involve explicit references to the male as caretaker/mother and the female as a motherless child. (9)