The Youth of Early Modern Women

by Elizabeth Cohen, Margaret Reeves

DescriptionTable of ContentsDetailsHashtagsReport an issue

Book Description

Through fifteen essays that work from a rich array of primary sources, this collection makes the novel claim that early modern European women, like men, had a youth. European culture recognised that, between childhood and full adulthood, early modern women experienced distinctive physiological, social, and psychological transformations. Drawing on two mutually shaped layers of inquiry - cultural constructions of youth and lived experiences - these essays exploit a wide variety of sources, including literary and autobiographical works, conduct literature, judicial and asylum records, drawings, and material culture. The geographical and temporal ranges traverse England, Ireland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Mexico from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. This volume brings fresh attention to representations of female youth, their own life writings, young women's training for adulthood, courtship, and the emergent sexual lives of young unmarried women.

This open book is licensed under a Open Publication License (OPL). You can download The Youth of Early Modern Women ebook for free in PDF format (2.9 MB).

Table of Contents

Part 1
Concepts and Representations
Chapter 1
'A Prospect of Flowers'
Chapter 2
A Roving Woman
Chapter 3
'She is but a girl'
Chapter 4
Flight and Confinement
Chapter 5
Harlots and Camp Followers
Part 2
Self-Representations: Life-Writing and Letters
Chapter 6
Three Sisters of Carmen
Chapter 7
Elite English Girlhood in Early Modern Ireland
Chapter 8
Young Women Negotiating Fashion in Early Modern Florence
Chapter 9
'Is it possible that my sister [...] has had a baby?'
Part 3
Training for Adulthood
Chapter 10
Malleable Youth
Chapter 11
The Material Culture of Female Youth in Bologna, 1550-1600
Chapter 12
Becoming a Woman in the Dutch Republic
Part 4
Courtship and Becoming Sexual
Chapter 13
Straying and Led Astray
Chapter 14
A Room of Their Own
Chapter 15
In Search of a'Remedy'

Book Details

Subject
History
Publisher
Amsterdam University Press
Published
2018
Pages
345
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9789462984325
ISBN10
9462984328
ISBN13 Digital
9789048534982
ISBN10 Digital
9048534984
PDF Size
2.9 MB
License
Open Publication License

Book Hashtags

Related Books

Iberian World Empires and the Globalization of Europe 1415–1668
This book analyses Iberian expansion by using knowledge accumulated in recent years to test some of the most important theories regarding Europe's economic development. Adopting a comparative perspective, it considers the impact of early globalization on Iberian and Western European institutions, social development and political economies. In spite...
Science as Social Existence
In this bold and original study, Jeff Kochan constructively combines the sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) with Martin Heidegger's early existential conception of science. Kochan shows convincingly that these apparently quite different approaches to science are, in fact, largely compatible, even mutually reinforcing. By combining Heidegger...
De sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period
This open access book explores commentaries on an influential text of pre-Copernican astronomy in Europe. It features essays that take a close look at key intellectuals and how they engaged with the main ideas of this qualitative introduction to geocentric cosmology. Johannes de Sacrobosco compiled his Tractatus de sphaera during the thirteenth ce...
Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England
This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama, poetry and polemic as wel...
The Condition of Digitality
David Harvey's The Condition of Postmodernity rationalised capitalism's transformation during an extraordinary year: 1989. It gave theoretical expression to a material and cultural reality that was just then getting properly started - globalisation and postmodernity - whilst highlighting the geo-spatial limits to accumulation imposed by our planet....
Reform and Revolt in the City of Dreaming Spires
Books about Oxford have generally focused on the University rather than the city. This original book on the local politics of Oxford City from 1830 to 1980 is based on a comprehensive analysis of primary sources and tells the story of the city's progressive politics. The book traces this history from Chartism and electoral reform in the mid-ninetee...