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Until Choice Do Us Part: Marriage Reform in the Progressive Era

Clare Virginia Eby


Marriage has long been central to stories people tell about themselves. I chart the creation of an influential version of that story--one that still informs debates about marriage--in the Progressive era, when reformers urged that voluntary monogamy replace compulsory monogamy. Excavating this crucial chapter in the history of marriage, I revise accounts of progressivism and also of the function of marriage in the novel. Complicating the rarely-questioned view that marriage promotes ideological conformity, Progressive era reformers saw marriage as a tool for social change. My new paradigm for ... More

Keywords: Marriage, Divorce, Reform, Progressive era, Family history, Marriage plot, Gender roles, Sexuality, Feminism, literary realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226085661
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226085975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clare Virginia Eby, author