"The Cultural Identity of Seventeenth Century Woman" brings together extracts from a wide variety of sources to illustrate the ways in which the cultural notion of "woman" was constructed. Although the dominant ideology was unquestionably patriarchal, and many of its manifestations were misogynistic and determined to keep women in their place, it was also diverse, self-questioning, contradictory and committed to loving rather than authoritarian relations between the sexes.
Over two hundred extracts from books, pamphlets, diaries and letters are arranged under the main headings: female nature, character and behavior, female roles and affairs, and feminisms. Each chapter is introduced by Keeble, who contextualizes the extracts, drawing out the main issues raised.
This fascinating collection of opinions from both men and women enables informed discussion of the key issues of gender and identity in the seventeenth century.
|In the Beginning: Male and Female||p. 1|
|Female Nature, Character and Behaviour||p. 15|
|Mind and Soul||p. 44|
|Female Roles and Affairs||p. 113|
|Marriage, Adultery and Divorce||p. 115|
|Wifely Duties||p. 143|
|Mother and Daughter||p. 169|
|Housecraft, Statecraft and Priestcraft||p. 186|
|Midwifery and Wet-Nursing||p. 209|
|Mistress and Muse||p. 222|
|Widowhood, Celibacy and Female Friendship||p. 252|
|'Tyrant Custom, Why Must We Obey'?||p. 280|
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Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 7th June 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1