Journeys to the Conjugal
By (author) Helena Michie
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Victorian Honeymoons by Helena Michie
Book DescriptionWhile Victorian tourism and Victorian sexuality have been the subject of much critical interest, there has been little research on a characteristically nineteenth-century phenomenon relating to both sex and travel: the honeymoon, or wedding journey. Although the term 'honeymoon' was coined in the eighteenth century, the ritual increased in popularity throughout the Victorian period, until by the end of the century it became a familiar accompaniment to the wedding for all but the poorest classes. Using letters and diaries of 61 real-life honeymooning couples, as well as novels from Frankenstein to Middlemarch that feature honeymoon scenarios, Michie explores the cultural meanings of the honeymoon, arguing that, with its emphasis on privacy and displacement, the honeymoon was central to emerging ideals of conjugality and to ideas of the couple as a primary social unit.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521868747
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Helena Michie
Love Among the Archives, Paperback (September 2015)
Victorian Honeymoons, Paperback (November 2009)
A cultural history of the honeymoon in Victorian culture, private accounts, and fiction.
Sororophobia, Hardback (May 1992)
This study takes the notion of "otherness" - as it has traditionally been applied by Simone de Beauvoir and other feminists - to describe women's relationships with each other and to explain how these relationships have been textually and culturally represented.
Flesh Made Word, Paperback (February 1990)» View all books by Helena Michie
Examining the works of such Victorian writers as the Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy, this study discusses codes and taboos about the female body and explores how female sexuality was represented in Victorian literary and non-literary genres, such as painting, etiquette books and pornography.
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Author Biography - Helena Michie
Helena Michie is Agnes C. Arnold Professor in Humanities and Professor of English at Rice University.
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