Victorian Honeymoons: Journeys to the Conjugal by Helena MichieVictorian Honeymoons: Journeys to the Conjugal by Helena Michie

Victorian Honeymoons: Journeys to the Conjugal

byHelena Michie

Paperback | November 19, 2009

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While 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.
Title:Victorian Honeymoons: Journeys to the ConjugalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:November 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521123569

ISBN - 13:9780521123563


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Reading honeymoons; 2. Reorientations; 3. Carnal knowledges; 4. Honeymoon Gothic; 5. Capturing Martha.

Editorial Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'Honeymoons ... constitutes strong evidence for a new convergence between literary and historical method. Lucidly written, scrupulously documented, and imaginatively rendered ...' Journal of British Studies