19th century Western literature has bequeathed us an unprecedented testimony about the historical and socio-political factors that led to experience the emotion of boredom in marital relationships through social protocols and cannons imposed to women. In this context, the female figure is key to understanding the emotional processes that took place before and after marriage, resulting of social pressure that women were subjected; and to show how they have evolved through the release of the situation of them throughout the twentieth century. Did female past 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 they have evolved through institutional changes in Western? What emotional impact does this transformation have for the future concept of marriage? These are just some of the questions that we would like to pose for our discussion.
Speakers: Josefa Ros Velasco, RCC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Art and Sciences (Harvard University) & Nancy Provolt (Independent Scholar).