Objects of Affection? Materialising Courtship, Love and Sex in Ireland, c. 1800-1830.

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    Abstract

    This article uses a collection of mementos curated by Robert James Tennent, a middle-class man, to interrogate how objects materialised love and sex in Ireland. It problematises readings of courtship tokens as simple objects of affection, and considers how individuals engaged in culturally-sanctioned courtship practices in extra-licit ways. Gifts and tokens took on new meanings when they were accessioned into the personal archives of their owners and catalogued as mementos of past relationships. Read as a collection of courtship mementos and a homemade pornographic archive, this article argues that the collection provides an unique insight into the curation of sexual memory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages18
    JournalCultural and Social History
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2022

    Keywords

    • Courtship
    • Ireland
    • emotion
    • love
    • material culture
    • sex

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