Sociability, Charity, and Leisure

Katherine Pickering Antonova

in An Ordinary Marriage

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796991
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979721 | DOI:
Sociability, Charity, and Leisure

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This chapter examines a realm of Natalia’s work and pleasures that are more traditionally understood as belonging to women at this time, and discusses how what seems to a modern reader to be contradictory roles—estate manager/financial officer and the hostess of parties—were not contradictory to Natalia, but rather were equally important aspects of her role as she understood it. The chapter also explores the rest of the family’s experiences of sociability, leisure, and charity, with particular attention to reading, and how all these activities were gendered.

Keywords: sociability; leisure; charity; faith; reading; print culture; reception of ideas; games; culture; gender

Chapter.  12907 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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