After Intimacy

The Culture of Divorce in the West since 1789

by Karl Leydecker (Volume editor) Nicholas White (Volume editor)
©2007 Edited Collection 300 Pages
Series: European Connections, Volume 10


Divorce is a conspicuous character trait of modernity, commonly portrayed in texts and on screen, with its moral and social rationalisation firmly rooted in Enlightenment and Romantic thought. The aim of this volume is to bring into focus this contemporary cultural fascination by assembling the variety of academic responses it has started to create. Bringing together the reflections of scholars from the UK and North America who have worked in this domain, this study offers for the first time a genuinely wide-ranging account of the depiction of divorce across the northern hemisphere in a number of media (fiction, journalism, film and television). It reaches historically from the intellectual and legal aftermath of the Enlightenment right up to the present day. As such, the collection shows both the roots of this apparently contemporary phenomenon in nineteenth-century literary practice and the very particular ways in which divorce characterises the different narrative media of modernity.


ISBN (Softcover)
In Films Ehescheidung (Motiv) Literatur Geschichte 1784-1992 Aufsatzsammlung Matrimonial Act Social Revolution In Fiction Marriage and Separation
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 300 pp.

Biographical notes

Karl Leydecker (Volume editor) Nicholas White (Volume editor)

The Editors: Karl Leydecker is Reader in German and Head of the School of European Culture and Languages at the University of Kent. He is the author of Marriage and Divorce in the Plays of Hermann Sudermann. Nicholas White is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he is Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages. He is the author of The Family in Crisis in Late Nineteenth-Century French Fiction.


Title: After Intimacy