New Book | Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

Posted in books by Editor on May 8, 2013

From Ashgate:

Allyson Poska, Jane Couchman, and Katherine McIver, The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013), 572 pages, ISBN: 978-1409418177, $150.

coverOver the past three decades scholars have transformed the study of women and gender in early modern Europe. This Ashgate Research Companion presents an authoritative review of the current research on women and gender in early modern Europe from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The authors examine women’s lives, ideologies of gender, and the differences between ideology and reality through the recent research across many disciplines, including history, literary studies, art history, musicology, history of science and medicine, and religious studies. The book is intended as a resource for scholars and students of Europe in the early modern period, for those who are just beginning to explore these issues and this time period, as well as for scholars learning about aspects of the field in which they are not yet an expert. The companion offers not only a comprehensive examination of the current research on women in early modern Europe, but will act as a spark for new research in the field.

Allyson M. Poska is Professor of History at the University of Mary Washington, USA and co-editor of Ashgate’s ‘Women and Gender in the Early Modern World’ book series. Jane Couchman is Professor Emerita of French Studies, Women’s Studies and Humanities at Glendon College, York University, Toronto. Katherine A. McIver is Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Introduction, Allyson M. Poska, Jane Couchman and Katherine A. McIver

Part I | Religion

The permeable cloister, Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt

Literature by women religious in early modern Catholic Europe and the New World, Alison Weber

Convent creativity, Marilynn Dunn

Convent music: an examination, Kimberlyn Montford

Lay patronage and religious art, Catherine E. King

Female religious communities beyond the convent, Susan E. Dinan

Protestant movements, Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Protestant women’s voices, Jane Couchman

Part II | Embodied Lives

Maternity, Lianne McTavish

Upending patriarchy: rethinking marriage and family in early modern Europe, Allyson M. Poska

The economics and politics of marriage, Jutta Gisela Sperling

Before the law, Lyndan Warner

Permanent impermanence: continuity and rupture in early modern sexuality studies, Katherine Crawford

Women and work, Janine M. Lanza

Old women in early modern Europe: age as an analytical category, Lynn Botelho

Women on the margins, Elizabeth S. Cohen

Women and political power in early modern Europe, Carole Levin and Alicia Meyer

Part III | Cultural Production

The Querelle des femmes, Julie D. Campbell

Intellectual women in early modern Europe, Diana Robin

Women in science and medicine, 1400-1800, Alisha Rankin

Early modern women artists, Sheila ffolliott

Beyond Isabella and beyond: secular women patrons of art in early modern Europe, Sheryl E. Reiss

Material culture: consumption, collecting and domestic goods, Katherine A. McIver

Images of women, Andrea Pearson

Women, gender, and music, Linda Phyllis Austern

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