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"The Body, Gender and Culture"


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Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern Germany

Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern Germany

Margaret Brannan Lewis
April 05, 2016

This book is the first work to look at the full range of three centuries of the early modern period in regards to infanticide and abortion, a period in which both practices were regarded equally as criminal acts. Faced with dire consequences if they were found pregnant or if they bore illegitimate...

Paracelsus's Theory of Embodiment: Conception and Gestation in Early Modern Europe

Paracelsus's Theory of Embodiment: Conception and Gestation in Early Modern Europe

Amy Eisen Cislo
January 21, 2016

Paracelsus has been called the father of modern chemistry and is legendary for his treatment of syphilis. This work argues that Paracelsus developed an understanding of the body as composed of two distinct sexes, revolutionizing early modern conceptions of the female body as an inversion of or...

Women, Agency and the Law, 1300–1700

Women, Agency and the Law, 1300–1700

Bronach Kane
January 21, 2016

Based on close readings of both public and private documents – court records, churchwarden accounts, depositions, diaries, letters and pamphlets – this collection of essays presents the largely untold story of non-elite women and their dealings with the law....

Age and Identity in Eighteenth-Century England

Age and Identity in Eighteenth-Century England

Helen Yallop
January 21, 2016

Yallop looks at how people in eighteenth-century England understood and dealt with growing older. Though no word for ‘aging’ existed at this time, a person’s age was a significant aspect of their identity....

Courtly Indian Women in Late Imperial India

Courtly Indian Women in Late Imperial India

Angma Dey Jhala
January 21, 2016

Examines the political worldview of courtly and royal women in India during the late colonial and post-Independence period. This book offers a history of the zenana, which served as the 'women's courts' or 'female quarters of the palace', where women lived behind pardah in seclusion....

The Politics of Reproduction in Ottoman Society, 1838–1900

The Politics of Reproduction in Ottoman Society, 1838–1900

Gülhan Balsoy
January 21, 2016

Epidemics, migration and territorial losses led to population decline in early nineteenth-century Turkey. In response, Ottoman elites began a programme of population growth. Balsoy uses previously untapped archival sources to examine these developments, arguing that these changes caused...

Blake, Gender and Culture

Blake, Gender and Culture

Helen P Bruder
January 21, 2016

Blake's combination of verse and design invites interdisciplinary study. The essays in this collection approach his work from a variety of perspectives including masculinity, performance, plant biology, empire, politics and sexuality....

The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World

The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World

Shino Konishi
January 21, 2016

This is the first historical study of indigenous Australian masculinity. Using the reactions of eighteenth-century western explorers to Aboriginal men, Konishi argues that these encounters were not as negative as has been thought....

Prostitution and Eighteenth-Century Culture: Sex, Commerce and Morality

Prostitution and Eighteenth-Century Culture: Sex, Commerce and Morality

Ann Lewis, Markman Ellis
January 21, 2016

The eighteenth century saw profound changes in the way prostitution was represented in literary and visual culture. This collection of essays focuses on the variety of ways that the sex trade was represented in popular culture of the time, across different art forms and highlighting contradictory...

Stays and Body Image in London: The Staymaking Trade, 1680–1810

Stays and Body Image in London: The Staymaking Trade, 1680–1810

Lynn Sorge-English
January 21, 2016

This book fills a significant gap in the literature on eighteenth-century social and cultural history. Starting with their production and trade, Sorge-English looks at the intricacies of the staymaker’s craft, the role of gender in the design and manufacture of stays and the changing shape of stays...

Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660–1800

Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660–1800

Anne Leah Greenfield
January 21, 2016

The essays in this collection explore representations of and responses to sexual violence over the course of the long eighteenth century. Contributors examine the underlying ideologies that spawned these representations, confronting the social, political, legal and aesthetic conditions of the day....

Anatomy and the Organization of Knowledge, 1500–1850

Anatomy and the Organization of Knowledge, 1500–1850

Brian Muñoz, Matthew Landers
January 21, 2016

Across early modern Europe, the growing scientific practice of dissection prompted new and insightful ideas about the human body. This collection of essays explores the impact of anatomical knowledge on wider issues of learning and culture....

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