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Together and Apart: Domestic Hygiene and Modern Marriage, 1890-1945

Hinds, Hilary (2010) Together and Apart: Domestic Hygiene and Modern Marriage, 1890-1945. Journal of Design History, 23 (3). pp. 275-304. ISSN 0952-4649

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Abstract

This article examines the advent of twin beds as a common sleeping arrangement for English couples. Through an analysis of a range of sources from the late nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries—marketing materials, advertisements, domestic, decorative and marital advice books and novels and films—it argues that while twin beds were initially recommended by proponents of the domestic sanitation movement as part of a raft of hygiene measures, by the 1920s they had become a fashionable item of bedroom furniture for modern couples in ‘companionate’ marriages. It was in this context that Marie Stopes, in her popular marital advice books, railed against them as an ‘invention of the devil’, symptomatic of the evils of modernity, and endangering the happiness of the modern married couple. The article concludes that, despite these changing contexts of consumption, the significance of the history of twin beds needs to be understood through the intersecting discourses of domesticity, health and sexuality.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Design History
Uncontrolled Keywords: bedrooms ; furniture ; health ; marriage ; modernity ; sexuality
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > English & Creative Writing
ID Code: 54160
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 16 May 2012 09:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54160

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