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Author Greenhill, Pauline, 1955-

Title Make the night hideous [electronic resource] : four English Canadian charivaris, 1881-1940 / Pauline Greenhill.

Imprint Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, ©2010 (Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Canadian Electronic Library, 2012)

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Description 1 online resource (xi, 238 pages) : illustrations, map, portraits, digital file.
Series Canadian social history series
Canadian social history series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents "Murder most foul" : the Wetherill charivari, near Ottawa, 1881 -- "A man's home is his castle" : death at a Manitoba charivari, 1909 -- "What you do in daylight in eyes of public is no harm" : person, place, and defamation in Nova Scotia, 1917 -- Picturing community : Les and Edna Babcock's shivaree, Avonlea, Saskatchewan, 1940 -- "Great fun"/"a nuisance" : seeking recent shivaree discourses.
Summary The charivari is a loud, late-night surprise house-visiting custom from members of a community, usually to a newlywed couple, accompanied by a request for a treat or money in exchange for the noisy performance and/or pranks. Up to the first decades of the twentieth century, charivaris were for the most part enacted to express disapproval of the relationship that was their focus, such as those between individuals of different ages, races, or religions. While later charivaris maintained the same rituals, their meaning changed to a welcoming of the marriage. Make the Night Hideous explores this mysterious transformation using four detailed case studies from different time periods and locations across English Canada, as well as first-person accounts of more recent charivari participants. Pauline Greenhill's unique and fascinating work explores the malleability of a tradition, its continuing value, and its contestation in a variety of discourses.
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Subject Shivaree -- Canada -- History.
Marriage customs and rites -- Canada -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Greenhill, Pauline. Make the Night Hideous : Four English-Canadian Charivaris, 1881-1940. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©2014 9781442640771
ISBN 9781442686014 (electronic bk.)
1442686014 (electronic bk.)