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Newlyweds on tour :honeymooning in nineteenth-century America /Barbara Penner.

Collection Type
Penner, Barbara, 1970-
Durham, N.H. : University of New Hampshire Press ;
Hanover [N.H.] : Published by University Press of New England
Publisher Series
Becoming modern.
Becoming modern: new nineteenth-century studies
Honeymooning in America -- Touring : the northern bridal tour -- Mapping : the land of matrimony -- Affecting : newlyweds and the sentimental view -- Consuming : the palace bridal chamber -- Retreating : the natural honeymoon -- Homecoming : a domestic initiation.
"Newlyweds on Tour is the first historical study to trace the origins and growth of the American honeymoon between 1820 and 1900. Rather than treating the honeymoon as a simple by-product of the privatization of the family, this work argues that it was formed at the interstices between (and helped to articulate) a variety of narratives - patriotic, conjugal, sentimental, and sexual - that were central to the modern American national identity. To track these narratives, Barbara Penner moves between primary accounts of newlywed experiences recorded in diaries and letters in addition to a wide range of textual, visual, and architectural representations, matrimonial maps, engravings from the popular press, sensational novels, and palace hotel bridal chambers.
Her wide-ranging interdisciplinary analysis demonstrates the specific ways in which newlyweds on tour prompted individual and collective feelings of attachment to the ideals of egalitarian marriage, domesticity, nation, or sentiment itself. Above all, she argues that the honeymoon was key to legitimizing the union of sentiment and commerce, a union that continues to thrive today."--BOOK JACKET.
xii, 290 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-279) and index.
Received 2009.
1584657731 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781584657736 (cloth : alk. paper)
Call Number
Stacks GT2798.P46 2009
Descriptive terms
Honeymoons History 19th century.
Marriage customs and rites History 19th century.
Newlyweds History 19th century.
Social life and customs 19th century.
Tourism History 19th century.
United States