Fielding's decision not to marry is very significant in a novel in which the notion of companionate marriage
is celebrated through the union of Mr.
Levy-Navarro similarly analyzes the queer potential of Venus's large body, arguing that Venus "gives free reign [sic] to her appetites in a way that will be perceived as dangerous to those who value a companionate marriage
that requires that the appetites be moderated and contained within an increasingly more affectively and erotically demanding bond between husband and wife .
Schaffer confronts the now-rote story of companionate marriage
to question whether an emphasis on stranger-love formed romantic ideals for the early Victorians.
For nineteenth-century Janeites, literature was an object of domestic, habitual love, modeled on the felicitous companionate marriage
that the reader may imagine to follow the denouement (or rather, nouement) of an Austen courtship plot.
Each marriage negotiation between two generations also "brings into direct competition two social and legal orders--one feudal and patriarchal in its assertion of kinship, the other mercantile and negotiative in pursuit of individual desires" (3), and the triumph of a manipulative and materially self-interested younger generation marks a cultural move toward individual choice and companionate marriage
Other evidence, from romances like Leucippe and Clitophon, The Ephesian Tale, and The History of Apollonius, Prince of Tyre, to the widespread erotic representations in Roman homes (notably the ubiquitous ceramic lamps that frequently depicted symplegmata, or sexual positions of every sort) argues for the flourishing of something like companionate marriage
In the United States, the evolution toward a nuclear family formed through a companionate marriage
was hastened by the Depression and the Second World War.
Sense and Sensibility considers companionate marriage
within a patronage system based on gift exchange.
Given its portrait of a faithful, companionate marriage
that actually works, this should come as no surprise.
The women in my study spoke of marriage as a filial duty but also as a means to satisfy desires for love and companionship, and for personal growth, as befits a companionate marriage
Ideas of companionate marriage
and the cultivation of an affective self imply masculinities that are more sensitive and less domineering.
The doctrine of companionate marriage
posed marriage as the ideal social arrangement for women, contending that as wives women would find their apotheosis as women.