The Wedding Night: A Popular History: A Popular History

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ABC-CLIO, 7 kwi 2011 - 256

Though just outside of public view, the wedding night is loaded with expectation and consequence. The Wedding Night: A Popular History is an entertaining, accessible, touching, and humorous volume that looks at the previously unexplored topic of wedding history "between the sheets." Covering a kaleidoscopic array of cultural expressions, this unique study zooms in on what's quintessential and shares insights into the history of intimacy through the ages.

The book traces the formalization of the wedding night in the ancient Near East and classical world, provides many examples of historically significant unions in European and American history, and describes the lively variety of traditions leading up to the present. Spicing their narrative with many piquant quotes from contemporary sources, the authors explore the rich cultural context for the wedding night—processions, royal rituals, apparel, food-related traditions, and pranks—throughout Europe and America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Separate chapters examine sex guides, jokes, and the bed as a special conjugal space.

 

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Merrill, a freelance writer, and Filstrup (librarian, Stony Brook Univ.; China: From Emperors to Communes) cover a vast amount of ground, from medieval rites of passage to Victorian marriage guides ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

Spis treści

It Takes Two to
1
The Classical ThreeStep Establishing the Wedding Pattern
10
Virginity to Consummation The Rite of Passage
19
Proceeding to the Royal Bedroom
32
Merriment and Pranks
54
Tobias Nights
66
Early American Wedding Nights
76
The Spousals of Native Americans
90
Guide for the Perplexed
129
Between the Sheets
146
The Bride Wore Lingerie
160
The Food of Love
174
Arabian and Other Nights
184
An Occasion for Mirth
206
Do Not Disturb
222
Wedding Nights on the Silver Screen
237

Presidential Wedding Nights
99
Elopement
112
The Honeymoon
123

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Informacje o autorze (2011)

Jane Merrill is a freelance writer who has published articles in 50 magazines and written books on popular culture, self-help, and child-rearing.

Chris Filstrup is a librarian at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, and the author of China, from Emperors to Communes and Beadazzled—The Story of Beads.

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