In Bed with the Victorians

The Life-Cycle of Working-Class Marriage
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 23. August 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 140 Seiten
978-3-319-86852-3 (ISBN)
 
This book examines the life-cycle of Victorian working-class marriage through a study of the hitherto hidden marital bed. Using coroners' inquests to gain intimate access to the working-class home and its inhabitants, this book explores their marital, quasi-marital, and post-marital beds to reveal the material, domestic, and emotional experience of working-class marriage during everyday life and at times of crisis. Drawing on the recent approach of utilising domestic objects to explore interpersonal relationships, the marital bed not only provides a rereading of the experiences of the working-class wife but also brings the much maligned or simply overlooked working-class husband into the picture. Moreover, it also extends our understanding of the various marriage-like arrangements existing throughout this class. Moving through the marital life-cycle, this book provides a greater understanding of marriages from the outset, during childbirth, at times of strife and marital breakdown, and upon the death of a spouse.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
XI, 125 p.
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 148 mm
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  • Dicke: 7 mm
  • 192 gr
978-3-319-86852-3 (9783319868523)
10.1007/978-3-319-60390-2
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Vicky Holmes is Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

1 Introduction: Victorian Working-Class Marriage and the Marital Bed.- 2 Beds of Newlyweds.- 3 From Marital Bed to Childbed.- 4 Marital Beds in Marital Strife.- 5 Beds after Marital Separation.- 6 Post-Marital Beds of the Bereaved.- 7 Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Index
'Vicky Holmes shows how we can understand gender and working-class married life through that most essential of objects: the bed. It allows her to write in new ways about space and inter-personal relations. This is a highly original exploration of the Victorian domestic interior which rethinks the way we study family history.'



Rohan McWilliam, Anglia Ruskin University, UK



'Vicky Holmes takes us into that most intimate of domestic spaces, the bedroom, to peer into the marriages of working people. She shows us the marriage bed as a place to quarrel and to make up; a private space that was also, for some couples, embarrassingly public; a place of comfort for parents and children and one of sorrow; a symbol of togetherness and of loneliness. Through the records of coroners' courts, In Bed with the Victorians offers readers a wonderful new insight into facets of life that have long remained hidden from history.'

Julie-Marie Strange, University of Manchester, UK
This book examines the life-cycle of Victorian working-class marriage through a study of the hitherto hidden marital bed. Using coroners' inquests to gain intimate access to the working-class home and its inhabitants, this book explores their marital, quasi-marital, and post-marital beds to reveal the material, domestic, and emotional experience of working-class marriage during everyday life and at times of crisis. Drawing on the recent approach of utilising domestic objects to explore interpersonal relationships, the marital bed not only provides a rereading of the experiences of the working-class wife but also brings the much maligned or simply overlooked working-class husband into the picture. Moreover, it also extends our understanding of the various marriage-like arrangements existing throughout this class. Moving through the marital life-cycle, this book provides a greater understanding of marriages from the outset, during childbirth, at times of strife and marital breakdown, and upon the death of a spouse.

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