Portrayals of Romantic Deception to the Masses: An Analysis of Classic and Contemporary Arts, Modern Technologies, and Empirical Literature

  • Maria EspinolaEmail author
  • Neslihan James-Kangal
  • Mar Gámez García
  • Natalie Odisho
  • Lening Alexis Olivera-Figueroa


As with most universal experiences, romantic deception has long been the inspiration for creative works, including literary classics and paintings that date back several centuries, as well as modern television, film, and literature. The dynamics of romantic deception have further evolved with recent developments in technology, such that modern communication outlets increase the opportunities for romantic deception. In this chapter, we discuss both classic and contemporary portrayals of romantic deception across literature, arts, and communication outlets and present an empirically informed analysis of romantic deception based on psychological research.


Romantic deception Art Psychology Literature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Espinola
    • 1
    Email author
  • Neslihan James-Kangal
    • 2
  • Mar Gámez García
    • 3
  • Natalie Odisho
    • 4
  • Lening Alexis Olivera-Figueroa
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral NeuroscienceUniversity of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Romance Languages and LiteraturesUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  4. 4.Florida College of Integrative MedicineOrlandoUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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