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Women and Gender in the Early Modern World: Women and Gender in the Early Modern World


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The study of women and gender offers some of the most vital and innovative challenges to current scholarship on the early modern period. For more than a decade now, Women and Gender in the Early Modern World has served as a forum for presenting fresh ideas and original approaches to the field. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in scope, this Routledge series strives to reach beyond geographical limitations to explore the experiences of early modern women and the nature of gender in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. We welcome proposals for both single-author volumes and edited collections which expand and develop this continually evolving field of study.

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Boccaccio's Heroines Power and Virtue in Renaissance Society

Boccaccio's Heroines Power and Virtue in Renaissance Society

1st Edition

Margaret Franklin
July 05, 2019

In contrast to earlier scholars who have seen Boccaccio's Famous Women as incoherent and fractured, Franklin argues that the text offers a remarkably consistent, coherent and comprehensible treatise concerning the appropriate functioning of women in society. In this cross disciplinary study of a ...

Women, Reading, and the Cultural Politics of Early Modern England

Women, Reading, and the Cultural Politics of Early Modern England

1st Edition

Edith Snook
June 10, 2019

A study of the representation of reading in early modern Englishwomen's writing, this book exists at the intersection of textual criticism and cultural history. It looks at depictions of reading in women's printed devotional works, maternal advice books, poetry, and fiction, as well as manuscripts,...

Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century France

Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century France

1st Edition

Susan Broomhall
July 25, 2002

Focusing on the vastly understudied area of how women participated in the book trades, not just as authors, but also as patrons, copyists, illuminators, publishers, editors and readers, Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century France foregrounds contributions made by women during a period of ...

Subordinate Subjects Gender, the Political Nation, and Literary Form in England, 1588–1688

Subordinate Subjects Gender, the Political Nation, and Literary Form in England, 1588–1688

1st Edition

Mihoko Suzuki
August 23, 2018

Considering as evidence literary texts, historical documents, and material culture, this interdisciplinary study examines the entry into public political culture of women and apprentices in seventeenth-century England, and their use of discursive and literary forms in advancing an imaginary of ...

Architecture and the Politics of Gender in Early Modern Europe

Architecture and the Politics of Gender in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Helen Hills
March 31, 2017

Written by leading scholars in the field, the essays in this book address the relationships between gender and the built environment, specifically architecture, in early modern Europe. In recent years scholars have begun to investigate the ways in which architecture plays a part in the ...

Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520–1580 Negotiating Power

Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520–1580 Negotiating Power

1st Edition

Katherine A. McIver
October 27, 2017

Expanding interdisciplinary investigations into gender and material culture, Katherine A. McIver here adds a new dimension to Renaissance patronage studies by considering domestic art - the decoration of the domestic interior - as opposed to patronage of the fine arts (painting, sculpture and ...

Salons, History, and the Creation of Seventeenth-Century France Mastering Memory

Salons, History, and the Creation of Seventeenth-Century France Mastering Memory

1st Edition

Faith E. Beasley
January 05, 2006

The first half of the book is a detailed study of how the salons influenced the development of literature. Beasley argues that many women were not only writers, they also served as critics for the literary sphere as a whole. In the second half of the book Beasley examines how historians and ...

Women and Poor Relief in Seventeenth-Century France The Early History of the Daughters of Charity

Women and Poor Relief in Seventeenth-Century France The Early History of the Daughters of Charity

1st Edition

Susan E. Dinan
January 28, 2006

Chronicling the history of the Daughters of Charity through the seventeenth century, this study examines how the community's existence outside of convents helped to change the nature of women's religious communities and the early modern Catholic church. Unusually for the time, this group of ...

Widowhood and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe

Widowhood and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Allison Levy
June 14, 2017

Whereas recent studies of early modern widowhood by social, economic and cultural historians have called attention to the often ambiguous, yet also often empowering, experience and position of widows within society, Widowhood and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe is the first book to consider ...

Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare’s England

Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare’s England

1st Edition

Caroline Bicks
May 16, 2017

At the intersections of early modern literature and history, Shakespeare and Women's Studies, Midwiving Subjects explores how Shakespearean drama and contemporary medical, religious and popular texts figured the midwife as a central producer of the body's cultural markers. In addition to attending ...

Religious Women in Golden Age Spain The Permeable Cloister

Religious Women in Golden Age Spain The Permeable Cloister

1st Edition

Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt
April 21, 2005

Through an examination of the role of nuns and the place of convents in both the spiritual and social landscape, this book analyzes the interaction of gender, religion and society in late medieval and early modern Spain. Author Elizabeth Lehfeldt here examines the tension between religious reform, ...

The Medici Women Gender and Power in Renaissance Florence

The Medici Women Gender and Power in Renaissance Florence

1st Edition

Natalie R. Tomas
September 10, 2003

The Medici Women is a study of the women of the famous Medici family of Florence in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Natalie Tomas examines critically the changing contribution of the women in the Medici family to the eventual success of the Medici regime and their exercise of power ...

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