Chapter 8 Upper-Class Female Boredom in Marriage in 19th-Century Western Literature as a Manifestation of Socio-Cultural Pressures

In: The Culture of Boredom

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Abstract

The 19th-century Western literature provides evidence of the historical and sociopolitical factors—such as social protocols and cannons—imposed on women that led the experience of boredom in marital relationships. In this context, the female figure is key to understanding the emotional processes taking place before and after marriage, and how they have evolved through the release of social pressures throughout the 20th century. Did past female constrictions fall through this process of social liberation? Are there lower levels of frustration and boredom after marriage than in the previous centuries? How do socio-cultural structures influence female boredom in marriage, and how have they evolved because of Western institutional changes and improvements? What emotional impact does this transformation have for the future concept of marriage? These are just some questions that we would like to pose for discussion.