By Melissa M. Adams-Campbell

Feminist literary critics have lengthy famous that the novel’s marriage plot can form the lives of ladies readers; even though, they've got mostly traced the results of this impression via a monolithic knowing of marriage. New global Courtships is the 1st scholarly research to get well a geographically varied array of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels that actively examine marriage practices from the Atlantic international. those texts hassle Enlightenment claims that companionate marriage ends up in women’s growth via evaluating replacement structures for arranging marriage and sexual relatives within the Americas. getting to representations of marital variety in early transatlantic novels disrupts nation-based bills of the increase of the radical and its relation to “the” marriage plot. It additionally illuminates how and why cultural transformations in marriage mattered within the Atlantic world—and indicates how those transformations can assist us to reimagine marital range today.

This booklet will attract students of literature, women’s experiences, and early American background.

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