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Here Comes the Bride: Anatomy of the Contemporary Wedding

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Publisher Comments:

In a long-overdue expos of one of the world's most prevalent ceremonies, Geller gives a critical analysis of weddings from a feminist perspective and calls into question some of the deepest-held beliefs about this tradition.

Book News Annotation:

Geller, a teacher and graduate student at New York U., critiques the contemporary institution of marriage, focusing on the forces that shape how it is perceived and perpetuated. She draws on popular magazines, husband-hunting manuals, TV series, and her own undercover research at Bloomingdale's bridal registry to support her refreshingly radical political and social observations concerning this nearly universally revered institution.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In Here Comes the Bride, Jaclyn Geller exposes the social forces that shape how people feel about weddings, calling into question some of the deepest-held beliefs about this tradition. Divided into three sections, the book begins with how-to-get-your-man manuals and ends with the newlywed year. First theres “Courtship and the Marriage Quest.” Geller looks at the absurd nature of proposals, the inane practice of engagement and gift-giving, and the bizarre rules governing the wedding dress. In part two, “The Big Day,” she deals with the specifics of the wedding itself. There are place cards and table settings, rigid photo ops, vows, toasts, garter belts, and daddy dances. What do these highly scripted procedures say about this most treasured ritual? Finally, the author explores some of marriages deeper implications in “Living in the Plural”: the strangely isolating honeymoon and the establishment of marital identity that begins with a simple thank-you note.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568581934
Author:
Geller, Jaclyn
Publisher:
Seal Press (CA)
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Weddings
Subject:
Marriage customs and rites
Subject:
Courtship
Subject:
Mate selection
Subject:
Brides
Subject:
Mate selection -- United States.
Subject:
Courtship -- United States.
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Weddings
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
105-1069
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 18 oz

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In Here Comes the Bride, Jaclyn Geller exposes the social forces that shape how people feel about weddings, calling into question some of the deepest-held beliefs about this tradition. Divided into three sections, the book begins with how-to-get-your-man manuals and ends with the newlywed year. First theres “Courtship and the Marriage Quest.” Geller looks at the absurd nature of proposals, the inane practice of engagement and gift-giving, and the bizarre rules governing the wedding dress. In part two, “The Big Day,” she deals with the specifics of the wedding itself. There are place cards and table settings, rigid photo ops, vows, toasts, garter belts, and daddy dances. What do these highly scripted procedures say about this most treasured ritual? Finally, the author explores some of marriages deeper implications in “Living in the Plural”: the strangely isolating honeymoon and the establishment of marital identity that begins with a simple thank-you note.
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