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Newlyweds on Tour: Honeymooning in Nineteenth-Century America (Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies) Hardcover – July 31, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1584657736 ISBN-10: 1584657731 Edition: First Edition

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“In this wide-ranging and nuanced cultural history of the honeymoon in the 19th-century US, Penner examines letters and diaries alongside a variety of textual and visual representations of traveling newlyweds to explain why such tours became so popular, as well as what role the practice played in a constellation of topics, from nationalism to the interconnection between sentiment and commerce . . . Penner argues that the honeymoon experience did not just reflect the growing importance of sentimentalism, domesticity, and romantic love, but actually played a pivotal role in promoting those social values, at the same time provoking debate about the proper way to express such private values in public view. Recommended.” —Choice

“In this excellent new monograph . . . Barbara Penner offers thoughtful, enlightening readings. She peers inside the couple’s isolation and finds a crowd. For even as the wedding journey cuts couples off from their families and communities, it thrusts them into an imagined—and very public—community of new husbands and wives, giving them countless peers among their fellow vacationers and fashioning them into representatives of the married state as a whole.” —Journal of American History

“The strength of this theoretically sound book lies in its ability to successfully examine a hitherto underexplored topic by resorting to a wide-ranging group of academic disciplines. . . . This is a fresh and wonderfully informative book that opens new avenues of research in American studies.” —Journal of American Studies

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“Newlyweds on Tour places an emphasis on invented tradition and on transformation through ritual that is very interesting and very different from previous scholarship on the topic. Barbara Penner also implicitly tells a chronological story of the development of honeymoons in response to technological and cultural change, especially in the transportation and tourist industries. Drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, the latter from a stunning variety of fields, Penner has truly brought a lot of reading and thinking to bear on what is a definitional ritual of conjugality and modernity—and for Penner, of visual culture.” (Helena Michie, Agnes C. Arnold Chair in Humanities, Professor of English, Rice University, author of Victorian Honeymoons: Journeys to The Conjugal)
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  • Series: Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: New Hampshire; First Edition edition (July 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584657731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584657736
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Penner uses a lively and extremely accessible style to tell the story of the earliest honeymoons in the United States, and in the process illuminates not only the creation of tourism in the region but also the rise of a curious but omnipresent cultural practice. Her broad base of information, ranging from primary sources through the contemporary press to a very broad reading of the historical literature, allows her insights that have escaped previous historians of this subject. In many ways, her book is essential for anyone interested both in the creation of nineteenth-century culture and in the practices of marriage.
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"Newlyweds on Tour" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Penner's book interview ran here as cover feature on September 28, 2009.
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