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After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century

Literature, Law and Society

Editors: DiPlacidi, Jenny, Leydecker, Karl (Eds.)

  • Provides an interdisciplinary and comparative series of essays between social historians and historians of cultural forms such as literature and the visual arts 
  • Focuses on the marital experience beyond the ‘matrimonial barrier’ to encompass the breadth of after marriage in the eighteenth century not only in Britain, but also in France
  • Demonstrates that eighteenth-century representations of after marriage are more prevalent than writers such as Thackeray – and more complex than historians such as Stone – suggested
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This book examines the intersections between the ways that marriage was represented in eighteenth-century writing and art, experienced in society, and regulated by law. The interdisciplinary and comparative essays explore the marital experience beyond the ‘matrimonial barrier’ to encompass representations of married life including issues of spousal abuse, parenting, incest, infidelity and the period after the end of marriage, to include annulment, widowhood and divorce. The chapters range from these focuses on legal and social histories of marriage to treatments of marriage in eighteenth-century periodicals, to depictions of married couples and families in eighteenth-century art, to parallels in French literature and diaries, to representations of violence and marriage in Gothic novels, and to surveys of same-sex partnerships. The volume is aimed towards students and scholars working in the long eighteenth century, gender studies, women’s writing, publishing history, and art and legal historians.

About the authors

Karl Leydecker has been Vice-Principal Learning and Teaching and Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Dundee in Scotland since 2013. Before that he was Dean of Humanities at the University of Kent, UK. His research interests include marriage and divorce in western literature from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Jenny DiPlacidi is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Studies and Romanticism at the University of Kent, UK. Her research interests include representations of incest, sexuality and gender in British and American literature of the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with a focus on the Gothic and magazine fiction. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century: Introduction

    Pages 1-19

    DiPlacidi, Jenny

  • Undoing the Marriage: The Resort to Annulment

    Pages 21-40

    Probert, Rebecca

  • Bearing Grudges: Marital Conflict and the Intergenerational Family

    Pages 41-63

    Begiato, Joanne

  • Handsome, Gallant, Gentle, Rich: Before and After Marriage in the Tales of Charles Perrault

    Pages 65-89

    Fowler, James

  • ‘Knights of Matrimony’‚ Christian Duty and Millenium Hall

    Pages 91-105

    Runia, Robin

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century
Book Subtitle
Literature, Law and Society
Editors
  • Jenny DiPlacidi
  • Karl Leydecker
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60098-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60098-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60097-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86776-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 214
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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