The Resource Broken engagements : the action for breach of promise of marriage and the feminine ideal, 1800-1940, Saskia Lettmaier

Broken engagements : the action for breach of promise of marriage and the feminine ideal, 1800-1940, Saskia Lettmaier

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Broken engagements : the action for breach of promise of marriage and the feminine ideal, 1800-1940
Title
Broken engagements
Title remainder
the action for breach of promise of marriage and the feminine ideal, 1800-1940
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Saskia Lettmaier
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "The common law action for breach of promise of marriage originated in the mid-seventeenth century, but it was not until the nineteenth century that it rose to prominence and became a regular feature in law courts and gossip columns. By 1940 the action was defunct : it was inconceivable for a respectable woman to bring such a case before the courts. What accounts for this dramatic rise and fall?" "This book ties the story of the action's prominence and decline between 1800 and 1940 to changes in the prevalent conception of woman, her ideal role in society, sexual relations, and the family. It argues that the idiosyncratic breach-of-promise suit and notions of ideal femininity were inextricably, and fatally, entwined. It presents the nineteenth-century breach-of-promise action as a codification of the ideal of true womanhood and explores the longer-term implications of this infusion of mythologized femininity for the law, in particular for the position of plaintiffs."--BOOK JACKET
  • "Surveying three consecutive time periods - the early nineteenth century, the high Victorian and the post Victorian periods - and adopting an interdisciplinary approach that combines the perspectives of legal history, social history, and literary analysis, it argues that the feminizing process, by shaping a cause of action in accordance with an ideal at odds with the very notion of women going to law, imported a fatal structural inconsistency that at first remained obscured, but ultimately vulgarized and undid the cause of action. Alongside more than two hundred and fifty real-life breach-of-promise cases, the book examines literary and cinematic renditions of the breach-of-promise theme, by artists ranging from Charles Dickens to P.G. Wodehouse, to expose the subtle yet unmistakable ways in which what happened (and what changed) in the breach-of-promise courtroom influenced the changing representation of the breach-of-promise plaintiff in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and film."--BOOK JACKET
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Lettmaier, Saskia
Index
index present
LC call number
K690
LC item number
.L48 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford studies in modern legal history.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Breach of promise
  • Husband and wife
  • Betrothal
  • Betrothal
  • Breach of promise
  • Husband and wife
  • Verlöbnis
  • Recht
  • Großbritannien
Label
Broken engagements : the action for breach of promise of marriage and the feminine ideal, 1800-1940, Saskia Lettmaier
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-205) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Codifying womanhood : the nineteenth-century action for breach of promise of marriage as the legal expression of the ideal of true womanhood -- A structural inconsistency : the true woman and the breach-of-promise plantiff -- Breach of promise in the early nineteenth century (1800-50) : strategies of containment , a created inconsistency, and the aesthetic of the grotesque -- Breach of promise in the high Victorian period (1850-1900) : the inconsistency unveiled, pinchbeck angels, and the dominance of satire -- Breach of promise in the Post-Victorian period (1900-40) : a changing ideal the action's decline, and the symbolism of breach of promise -- Epilogue : The power of the image
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
[xx], 209 pages
Isbn
9780199569977
Lccn
2010003765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)521744665
Label
Broken engagements : the action for breach of promise of marriage and the feminine ideal, 1800-1940, Saskia Lettmaier
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-205) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Codifying womanhood : the nineteenth-century action for breach of promise of marriage as the legal expression of the ideal of true womanhood -- A structural inconsistency : the true woman and the breach-of-promise plantiff -- Breach of promise in the early nineteenth century (1800-50) : strategies of containment , a created inconsistency, and the aesthetic of the grotesque -- Breach of promise in the high Victorian period (1850-1900) : the inconsistency unveiled, pinchbeck angels, and the dominance of satire -- Breach of promise in the Post-Victorian period (1900-40) : a changing ideal the action's decline, and the symbolism of breach of promise -- Epilogue : The power of the image
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
[xx], 209 pages
Isbn
9780199569977
Lccn
2010003765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)521744665

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