Protest and Possibility in the Writing of Tillie Olsen. The author spends ample time on that more contemporary aspect of marriage which can't be quantified: love. This book covers quite a bit of information in a thoughtful and helpful way. Datlof, Fuchs, and Powell Greenwood, 1991 , pp. Yup, not including my textbooks, it had been a year since I last read a nonfiction book. It's also a way in to cultures that still practice some of these views on women and their role as a wife, whether it was chosen or not. The lives of wives in the ancient world are examined by looking at wives in the Bible, Greek wives, and Roman wives.
There are a few paragraphs about certain Native American and African-American and slave unions, but otherwise, it's yet another white-washed history. I didn't necessarily dislike the book, but I found the observations not particularly interesting. For example, how did marriage, considered a religious duty in medieval Europe, become a venue for personal fulfillment in contemporary America? The prose is unexceptional and inconsistent, veering in tone between academic and chatty. If you cease to care for the person you love, you will give up a vital piece of your identity. A History of the Wife sparked my interest because of the subject matter, but also because, although it was fact oriented - it had a flow and narrative that kept me interested and wanting to learn more. Perhaps most importantly, Crittenden challenges the argument that women's liberation is responsible for devaluing motherhood.
What I did appreciate was that every so often Yalom would present us was a terribly interesting statistic or story, that would make me want to hear more or tell someone. Far fewer will adventure in a pirate ship on the high seas, in solo flights across the Atlantic or on horseback in the Arabian desert. It definitely is more fact-based and linear - so those trying to understand more philosophical or sociological reasons for some themes she covers, may get bored. Social Science and the Self: Personal Essays on an Art Form. It's very librarian-y of me : I became somewhat restive during the early chapters which are based on such a thin set of sources, primarily the bible, well-known authors and 'legal and religious considerations.
Yalom was decorated by the French government as an Officier des Palmes Academiques in 1991, and she received an Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College in 2013. Overall, I think it's an excellent book, just as it says for any woman considering the title of wife or already possessing it to see some of the baggage and tradion it carries. The History of the Wife living in Asia, South America, Africa, Australia, or Eastern Europe was ment First, I think the title was a little misleading and should have been more A History of the Wife in Europe and Her Descendants in North America or something to that extent. Prisoners of Men's Dreams: Striking out for a New Feminine Future. Women's history is a passionate topic of mine and I was interested to see how the author would tackle such a complicated issue as marriage throughout the ages. Her books have been translated into 20 languages. Its a wonderful thought provoking read that will leave you thankful you live in the modern age.
Cordingly is also the author of an acclaimed history of piracy and for 12 years was on staff at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. A History of the Wife sparked my interest because of the subject matter, but also because, although it was fact oriented - it had a flow and narrative that kept me interested and wanting to learn more. Of course, they were going to save the world and fall in love with potentially two people at the same time. Includes my chapter on Sylvia Plath. I really enjoyed this book. This is a good starting place if you have a limited knowledge of history, but if you are looking for in depth analysis of trends or people, you might want to try something else.
While this work is almost 20 years old, it doesn't feel dated. By Larry Cottin Pogrebin Crown, 1991. For instance, Yalom mis-identifies John Rolfe, Pocahontas' husband, as the man she allegedly saved. She follows the serpent's advice to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil, contrary to God's commandment, and then tempts Adam to eat of it as well. Even within the scope of the book, so many opportunities are lost. Ancient cultures practiced infanticide, and while it was never approved, there were times when it was certainly ignored.
Shelley Fisher Fishkin and Jefferey Rubin Dorskey University of Wisconsin Press, 1996 , pp. The unequal sexual freedoms accepted for men and women have been the issue of private discussion many centuries, and women have always shared the secrets of contraception and medicinally induced abortions since at least the middle ages. This book is made much more interesting by its focus on the wife, rather than the couple. Marguerite Duras, Monique Wittig, and Maryse Condé. Nevertheless, her scope is enormous, beginning with pre-history and leading up to the late 1990s. Cordingly writes of women and the high seas in the 18th and 19th centuries, a subject about which there's a surprising amount to tell. Yalom was clearly up to the task! So the title gives a false impression.
These acts have permanent consequences for both sexes: God punishes Eve by inflicting the pangs of childbirth on all mothers and the burden of sweat producing labor on all men. Also, whilst the majority concerned white Europeans and Americans, other ethnicities weren't ignored altogether, and I think the effort was to present the average climate of the times overall rather than to de 3. Marriage can be an economic relationship, a political relationship, or a emotional relationship. Hewitt University of Nebraska Press, 1990. Eve's story then goes from bad to worse. Russell Basic Books, 1989 in San Francisco Chronicle, January 7, 1990, pp. I realize that a lot of research and effort went into this book, but it just wasn't as diverse as I would have hoped.
Irvin Yalom, Archives of General Psychiatry, June 1971, pp. It is easy to read and follow and Marilyn Yalom focuses more on showing what women thought and experienced throughout history in their own words than on her own thoughts and hypothesis, which is good because she allows the reader to participate in the analysis of the events. University of California Press, 1998. Writing from her own experience as professional woman and mother, Crittenden's words are accurate, heartfelt and imminently readable. I found this book to be well written and very interesting. She is a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at , and a former professor of French. For any woman who is, has been, or ever will be married, this intellectually vigorous and gripping historical analysis of marriage sheds new light on an institution most people take for granted, and that may, in fact, be experiencing its most convulsive upheaval since the Reformation.
Upper class males at least according to the data cited in the book aren't hung up as much on proving their masculenity by sticking to traditional gender roles as lower class males. Some openly so: wives of navy officers who mothered warship crews or wives of merchant captains who sometimes took command. Rarely do I immediately re-read a book, but I am this one! Along the way the reader is rewarded with diary accounts that supports the general premise that women have been historically treated as second, third and fourth class citizens. And finally, she includes as her closing chapter important and reasonable means to bring about the change mothers deserve. In breadth, the book ranges from biblical times to the present, and in A History of the Wife weaves a complex tapestry as it outlines the roles, customs, and cultural position of women in Western marriage. In fact, given the climate under Trump and the threat to Roe v. Wives roles were more than simply taking care of the house and children through out time.