edoc

Charivari or the Historicising of a Question. The Irrelevance of Romantic Love for the Audio-Visual Performance of Marriage in Bern in the 18th and 19th Century

Haldemann, Arno. (2018) Charivari or the Historicising of a Question. The Irrelevance of Romantic Love for the Audio-Visual Performance of Marriage in Bern in the 18th and 19th Century. Journal for Religion, Film and Media (JRFM), 4 (2). pp. 55-66.

Full text not available from this repository.

Official URL: https://edoc.unibas.ch/75548/

Downloads: Statistics Overview

Abstract

Citing Oscar Wilde, the editors of this volume ask the question "who, being loved, is poor?" in their call for papers. On a meta-theoretical level, this article aims at contextualising this question and its citation socially. On an empirical level, it intends to contrast the socially highly determined question and its implicit presuppositions with the findings of a locally situated case study in the canton of Berne in the 18 th and 19 th century. By studying precarious marriages through petitions for the dispensation from the preacher's threefold reading of the banns from the pulpit, the collective audio-visual dimension of marriages in an agrarian-shaped society of scarce resources becomes apparent. With the petitions, the couples tried to avoid attention and thus, to escape the communal tribunal of a charivari and the like. In Bern, concerning the material and media dimensions, weddings were largely governed by local standards. Charivaris were the audio-visual means of society to communicate shared values regarding marriage. They did not reflect romantic ideals of love, but were an expression of the locally accentuated moral economy. The performance of weddings as large and public rituals was a communal compulsion rather than the expression of an individualistic and therefore creative event. Performative weddings as the epitome of individualism are a very young historic development and strongly linked to a late-modern bourgeois culture of singularity.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Geschichte > Bereich Frühe Neuzeit > Geschichte der frühen Neuzeit (Opitz-Belakhal)
UniBasel Contributors:Haldemann, Arno
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Universität Graz
e-ISSN:2414-0201
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Related URLs:
Identification Number:
Last Modified:17 Feb 2020 09:28
Deposited On:17 Feb 2020 09:28

Repository Staff Only: item control page