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The Cultural Identity of Seventeenth-Century Woman : A Reader - N. H. Keeble

The Cultural Identity of Seventeenth-Century Woman

A Reader

By: N. H. Keeble (Editor)

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"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.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
In the Beginning: Male and Femalep. 1
Female Nature, Character and Behaviourp. 15
Bodyp. 17
Sexualityp. 33
Mind and Soulp. 44
Beautyp. 54
Vicesp. 71
Virtuesp. 96
Female Roles and Affairsp. 113
Marriage, Adultery and Divorcep. 115
Wifely Dutiesp. 143
Mother and Daughterp. 169
Housecraft, Statecraft and Priestcraftp. 186
Midwifery and Wet-Nursingp. 209
Mistress and Musep. 222
'Feminisms'p. 241
Cross-Dressingp. 243
Widowhood, Celibacy and Female Friendshipp. 252
Authorshipp. 264
'Tyrant Custom, Why Must We Obey'?p. 280
Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780415104821
ISBN-10: 0415104823
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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