Victorian Honeymoons: Journeys to the Conjugal (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

Victorian Honeymoons: Journeys to the Conjugal (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

Helena Michie


whereas Victorian tourism and Victorian sexuality were the topic of a lot severe curiosity, there was little study on a regularly nineteenth-century phenomenon in relation to either intercourse and go back and forth: the honeymoon, or marriage ceremony trip. even supposing the time period 'honeymoon' used to be coined within the eighteenth century, the ritual elevated in recognition in the course of the Victorian interval, till via the top of the century it turned a well-recognized accompaniment to the marriage for all however the poorest sessions. utilizing letters and diaries of sixty one real-life honeymooning undefined, in addition to novels from Frankenstein to Middlemarch that function honeymoon eventualities, Michie explores the cultural meanings of the honeymoon, arguing that, with its emphasis on privateness and displacement, the honeymoon used to be vital to rising beliefs of conjugality and to rules of the couple as a main social unit.

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