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Embodiment, Identity, and Gender in the Early Modern Age

ISBN 9780367507336
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.