A History of Women in the West, Volume III: Renaissance and the Enlightenment Paradoxes

A History of Women in the West, Volume III: Renaissance and the Enlightenment Paradoxes

by Georges Duby
     
 

ISBN-10: 067440372X

ISBN-13: 9780674403727

Pub. Date: 01/28/1993

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In the words of the general editors, A History of Women seeks "to understand women's place in society, their condition, the roles they played and the powers they possessed, their silence, their speech, and their deeds. It is the variety of the representations of women--as gods, Madonnas, witches, and so on--that we hope to capture, in its permanence as well as its…  See more details below

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In the words of the general editors, A History of Women seeks "to understand women's place in society, their condition, the roles they played and the powers they possessed, their silence, their speech, and their deeds. It is the variety of the representations of women--as gods, Madonnas, witches, and so on--that we hope to capture, in its permanence as well as its many transformations." Informed by the work of seventy-five distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day. The inaugural volume brings women from the margins of ancient history into the fore. The authors' deft analysis offers fresh insight into more than twenty centuries of Greek and Roman history and encompasses a landscape that stretches from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and from the Pillars of Hercules to the banks of the Indus. In the minds of the ancients, the roles for which women were destined were silent ones: motherhood and homemaking, tasks relegated to obscurity by scribes who focused exclusively on the deeds of men. Even the census neglected women; in Rome, only heiresses were counted. But the dearth of information about women in official archives and the near absence of writing by women from this era stand in stark contrast to the astonishing profusion of texts and images created by men that are concerned with women and gender. The number of women's representations is astonishing. The authors draw upon sources ranging from gravestones to floor plans, from stele inscriptions to papyrus rolls, from vase paintings to Greek and Roman literary works, to illustrate how representations of women evolved during this age. They journey into the minds of men--from the Greeks imagining their goddesses to the Church Fathers inventing the figure of the martyred female saint--and bring to light an imaginative history of women and of the relations between the sexes. The authors explore select aspects o

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674403727
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
History of Women in the West Series
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.57(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.53(d)

Table of Contents

Writing the History of Women
Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot

Women as Historical Actors
Natalie Zemon Davis and Arlette Farge

1. Works and Days

1. Women, Work, and Family
Olwen Hufton

2. The Body, Appearance, and Sexuality
Sara F. Matthews Grieco

3. The Beautiful Woman
Véronique Nahoum-Grappe Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

4. A Daughter to Educate
Martine Sonnet Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

5. Virgins and Mothers between Heaven and Earth
Elisja Schulte van Kessel Translated by Clarissa Botsford

6. Women in Politics
Natalie Zemon Davis

Intermezzo

7. Judging by Images
Françoise Borin Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

2. So Much is Said about Her

8. The Ambiguities of Literature
Jean-Paul Desaive Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

9. The Theater
Eric A. Nicholson

10. A Sampling of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy
Michèle Crampe Casnabet Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

11. The Discourse of Medicine and Science
Evelyne Berriot-Salvadore Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

12. From Conversation to Creation
Claude Dulong Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

13. Female Journalists
Nina Rattner Gelbart

14. Witches
Jean-Michel Sallmann Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

15. Prostitutes
Kathryn Norberg

16. Criminals
Nicole Castan Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

17. Protesters Plain to See
Arlette Farge Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

4. Women's Voices

Gluckel of Hameln, Jewish Merchant Woman
Natalis Zemon Davis

Anne-Françoise Cornet, Parisian Artisan
Arlette Farge Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Notes

Bibliography

Contributors

Illustration Credits

Index

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