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The origins of the English marriage plot : literature, politics and religion in the eighteenth century

Author: Lisa O'Connell
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why did marriage become central to the English novel in the eighteenth-century? As clandestine weddings and the unruly culture that surrounded them began to threaten power and property, questions about where and how to marry became urgent matters of public debate. In 1753, in an unprecedented and controversial use of state power, Lord Chancellor Hardwicke mandated Anglican church weddings as marriage's only legal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa O'Connell
ISBN: 9781108485685 1108485685
OCLC Number: 1085951400
Description: viii, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Historicising the English Marriage Plot --
Church, state and the public politics of marriage --
Clandestine marriage, commerce and the theatre --
New fiction: Samuel Richardson and the Anglican wedding --
Patriot Marriage Plot: Fielding, Shebbeare and Goldsmith --
Literary Marriage Plots: Burney, Austen and Gretna Green --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Lisa O'Connell.

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Examines how and why marriage plots became the English novel's most popular form in the eighteenth century. This book will be of interest to students and researchers of eighteenth and early  Read more...

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'With blazingly new postsecular eyes, The Origins of the English Marriage Plot argues that the marriage plot in post-1740 English fiction has as much to do with the church as it does with the state. Read more...

 
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