Courtship, Marriage and Marriage Breakdown : Approaches from the History of Emotion
(Routledge Research in Gender and History ; : vol 39)
Barclay, Katie (EDT)
Meek, Jeffrey (EDT)
Thomson, Andrea (EDT)
237 p. 23 cm
This book asks how the new history of emotion has transformed our understanding of marriage across time and space. It goes beyond a history of personal feeling to the ways that emotions in marriage have social, political and economic implications.
This book explores the history of marriage and marriage-like relationships across five continents from the seventeenth century to the present day. Across fourteen chapters, leading marriage scholars examine how the methodologies from the new history of emotions contribute to our understanding of marriage, seeking to uncover not only personal feeling but also the political and social implications of emotion. They highlight how marriage as an institution has been shaped not just by law and society but also by individual and community choices, desires and emotional values. Importantly, they also emphasize how the history of non-traditional and same-sex relationships and their emotions have long played an important role in determining the nature of marriage as an institution and emotional union. In doing so, this collection allows us to rethink both the past and present of marriage, destabilizing a story of a stable institution and opening it up as a site of contest, debate and feeling.
Table of Contents
1. Marriage and Emotion in Historical Context Katie Barclay, Jeffrey Meek and Andrea Thomson 2. Affection and Passion in Early Modern Spanish Separations Edward Behrend-Martinez 3. "He Asked Her Why She Was Crying": Young People's Intimate Relationships, Emotions, and the Making of Marriage in Early Modern France Julie Hardwick 4. Illicit Relations in a Multiethnic City: Emotions, Fidelity, and Economic Obligations in Colonial Mexico Margarita R. Ochoa 5. Mobile Emotions: Bigamy and Community in Scotland, 1660-1830 Katie Barclay 6. "Companions in Labor": Same-Sex Marriage and the Romantic Ideal in the Early United States Rachel Hope Cleves 7. "Bigamy", "Marriage Fraud" and Colonial Patriarchy in Kayes, French Sudan (1905-1925) Marie Rodet 8. From Foreign Bride to "Korean" Mother: Managing Feelings in Modern, South Korean Marriages Amalya Layla Ashman 9. "The Best of Both Worlds'?: Young Women, Family and Marriage in 1970s Scotland Andrea Thomson 10. "He Isn't Affectionate at All": African-American Wives in the 1940s and the Problem of "Cool" Christina Simmons 11. Trust, Authenticity and Bigamy in Twentieth-Century England Claire Langhamer 12. "It Seemed the Right Thing to Do!": Mixed-Orientation Marriages and Emotions in Post-War Scotland Jeffrey Meek 13. Marriage in India: A Web of Intimacies Ruth Vanita 14. To Have and to Hold?: The Relationality of Emotions and Couples' Relationships in Twenty-First-Century Britain Janet Fink and Jacqui Gabb