Do women have a history? Did women have a renaissance? These were provocative questions when they were raised in the heyday of women’s studies in the 1970s. But how relevant does gender remain to premodern history in the twenty-first century? This book considers this question in eight new case studies that span the European continent from 1400 to 1800. An introductory essay examines the category of gender in historiography and specifically within premodern historiography, as well as the issue of source material for historians of the period. The eight individual essays seek to examine gender in relation to emerging fields and theoretical considerations, as well as how premodern history contributes to traditional concepts and theories within women’s and gender studies, such as patriarchy.
Table of Contents
Introduction Elise M. Dermineur, Åsa Karlsson Sjögren and Virginia Langum 1. Anatomy of Early Modern Patriarchy Elise M. Dermineur 2. Gender and the Underground Economy in the Western French Alps Anne Montenach 3. Theorizing Crime and Gender in Long-Term Perspective Manon van der Heijden and Ariadne Schmidt 4. Poor Girls’ Schooling and Transitions of Gender and Class Åsa Karlsson Sjögren 5. Medicine, Female Mystics and Illness Experience Virginia Langum 6. Love and Friendship Between Lower Order Scottish Men: Or What the History of Emotions Has Brought to Early Modern Gender History Katie Barclay 7. Making Power: Gender, Materiality, Performativity and Catherine de Medici Susan Broomhall 8. Gender Performance in Early Modern Religious Life Raisa Maria Toivo
Elise M. Dermineur is Associate Professor of History at Umeå University and a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala.
Åsa Karlsson Sjögren is Professor of History at Umeå University.
Virginia Langum is Associate Professor of English at Umeå University and Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University.