Intimacy, Emotion and the Social World of Young People in an Early Modern City
17 Feb 2017, 17:15 to 17 Feb 2017, 19:15
IHR Pollard Seminar Room, N301, Third Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Julie Hardwick , Texas
Young male and female workers in a major early modern city, Lyon, developed relationships that were saturated with physical intimacy and strong emotions in the decade or so between leaving home and getting married. This paper explores how the practices and conventions of pre-marital intimacy between emerging adults framed licit desire for young women as well as men, and choreographed the progression of relationships from walking out to sex to marriage (or not) though public and private spaces as well as through promises and coercion.
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