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Embodiment, Identity, and Gender in the Early Modern Age

Edited By Amy Leonard, David Whitford Copyright 2021
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Embracing a multiconfessional and transnational approach that stretches from central Europe, to Scotland and England, from Iberia to Africa and Asia, this volume explores the lives, work, and experiences of women and men during the tumultuous fifteenth to seventeenth centuries.

    The authors, all leading experts in their fields, utilize a broad range of methodologies from cultural history to women’s history, from masculinity studies to digital mapping, to explore the dynamics and power of constructed gender roles. Ranging from intellectual representations of virginity to the plight of refugees, from the sea journeys of Jesuit missionaries to the impact of Transatlantic economies on women’s work, from nuns discovering new ways to tolerate different religious expressions to bleeding corpses used in criminal trials, these essays address the wide diversity and historical complexity of identity, gender, and the body in the early modern age.

    With its diversity of topics, fields, and interests of its authors, this volume is a valuable source for students and scholars of the history of women, gender, and sexuality as well as social and cultural history in the early modern world.


    Natalie Zemon Davis


    The body and manifestations of gender

    1. The strange survivial of the bleeding corpse 

    Joel F. Harrington

    2. Martin Luther and the Reformation of virginity

    Amy E. Leonard

    3. Martin Luther’s gendered reflections on Eve

    David M. Whitford

    4. A "Prodigal son" remembers John of the cross

    Jodi Bilinkoff

    5. Women, conflict, and peacemaking in German villages

    Marc R. Forster

    6. James I and unruly women

    Carole Levin

    Women between reform, subversion, and self-determination

    7. Protestant and Catholic nuns confronting the Reformation

    Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer

    8. Female religious communities during the Thirty Years’ War

    Sigrun Haude

    9. Conflicts between male reformers and female monastics

    Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt

    10. Anna Maria van Schurman: poetry as exegesis

    John L. Thompson

    11. Sacral systems: the challenge of change

    Raymond A. Mentzer

    12. Catholic women in the Dutch Golden Age

    Christine Kooi

    13. Women and religious expression in Calvin’s Geneva

    Jeffrey R. Watt

    Gendered dynamics of displacement, migration, and conflict

    14. Women, gender, and religious refugees

    Nicholas Terpstra

    15. Refugee wives, widows, and mothers

    Timothy Fehler

    16. Did the Jesuits introduce "Global Studies"?

    Kathleen M. Comerford

    17. Devotion at sea: ship voyages and Jesuit masculinity

    Ulrike Strasser

    18. Spanish women, work, and the early modern Atlantic economy

    Allyson M. Poska


    Susan Karant-Nunn


    Amy E. Leonard (Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University) focuses on women, gender, and sexuality in Reformation Germany. She is the author of Nails in the Wall: Catholic Nuns in Reformation Germany. She is currently working on a book that compares and contrasts changing views of female sexuality during the Reformations.

    David M. Whitford (Professor of Reformation Studies at Baylor University) is a senior editor of The Sixteenth Century Journal. He is the author of A Reformation Life and The Curse of Ham in Early Modern Europe. He is currently working on the construction of masculinity during the Reformations.