New World Courtships: Transatlantic Alternatives to Companionate Marriage (Paperback)

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Feminist literary critics have long recognized that the novel’s marriage plot can shape the lives of women readers; however, they have largely traced the effects of this influence through a monolithic understanding of marriage. New World Courtships is the first scholarly study to recover a geographically diverse array of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels that actively compare marriage practices from the Atlantic world. These texts trouble Enlightenment claims that companionate marriage leads to women’s progress by comparing alternative systems for arranging marriage and sexual relations in the Americas. Attending to representations of marital diversity in early transatlantic novels disrupts nation-based accounts of the rise of the novel and its relation to “the” marriage plot. It also illuminates how and why cultural differences in marriage mattered in the Atlantic world—and shows how these differences might help us to reimagine marital diversity today. This book will appeal to scholars of literature, women’s studies, and early American history.

About the Author

MELISSA M. ADAMS-CAMPBELL is an assistant professor of English at Northern Illinois University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611688320
ISBN-10: 1611688329
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American