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State of the Marital Union: Rhetoric, Identity, and Nineteenth-Century Marriage Controversies (Hardback)

Leslie J. Harris

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ISBN 10: 1481300512 / ISBN 13: 9781481300513
Edité par Baylor University Press, United States, 2014
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Language: English . Brand New Book. State of the Marital Union documents the transformations of public identity occurring in American society through a close examination of the rhetoric used in nineteenth-century marriage controversies. Leslie J. Harris argues that American citizenship is, in part, rhetorically constituted through marriage. The public debates over seemingly distinct marriage controversies, such as domestic violence, divorce, polygamy, free love, and interracial marriage, functioned as ways of both challenging and solidifying norms of gender, race, class, and ethnicity. Public sentiment operated as a lens for understanding some of the most heated public issues of the time, including slavery, westward expansion, women s rights, and immigration. Harris demonstrates how the private wife became the public woman by contesting legal standing in both the court of law and the court of public opinion. State of the Marital Union makes the case that marriage is a critical site for constituting and performing ways of being in the American public, which has significant implications for understanding both female roles and the body politic. N° de réf. du libraire AAG9781481300513

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Titre : State of the Marital Union: Rhetoric, ...

Éditeur : Baylor University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2014

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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State of the Marital Union documents the transformations of public identity occurring in American society through a close examination of the rhetoric used in nineteenth-century marriage controversies. Leslie J. Harris argues that American citizenship is, in part, rhetorically constituted through marriage. The public debates over seemingly distinct marriage controversies, such as domestic violence, divorce, polygamy, free love, and interracial marriage, functioned as ways of both challenging and solidifying norms of gender, race, class, and ethnicity. Public sentiment operated as a lens for understanding some of the most heated public issues of the time, including slavery, westward expansion, women's rights, and immigration. Harris demonstrates how the private wife became the public woman by contesting legal standing in both the court of law and the court of public opinion. State of the Marital Union makes the case that marriage is a critical site for constituting and performing ways of being in the American public, which has significant implications for understanding both female roles and the body politic.

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"Carefully argued, grounded in archival research, and packed with historical detail, State of the Marital Union elucidates the complex rhetorical intersections of national identity, sexual morality, familial ideology, and normative notions of race and gender in the discourses accompanying some of the 19 th century's most sensational public controversies." -- Bonnie J Dow, Vanderbilt University, author of "Watching Women's Liberation, 1970: Feminism's Pivotal Year on the Network News" "Weaving together five nineteenth-century marriage controversies, Leslie J. Harris fastens on the metaphor of slavery to detail the complexity of women's lives in a matrix of polygamy, divorce, prostitution and adultery, interracial marriage, marital rape, domestic violence, and immigration." -- Jane Sutton, Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, York

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