Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London / Edition 1

Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London / Edition 1

by Laura Gowing
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0198207638

ISBN-13: 2900198207633

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

'What else is woman but a foe to friendship ... a domestic danger.' These words, taken from a biblical commentary by St John Chrysostom, are frequently quoted in early modern literature, showing that sexual morality was central to the patriarchal society of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. In this fascinating and original book, Laura Gowing considers

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'What else is woman but a foe to friendship ... a domestic danger.' These words, taken from a biblical commentary by St John Chrysostom, are frequently quoted in early modern literature, showing that sexual morality was central to the patriarchal society of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. In this fascinating and original book, Laura Gowing considers what gender difference meant in the practice of daily life, examining the working of gender relations in sex, courtship, marriage conflict, and verbal disputes.

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ISBN-13:
2900198207633
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Oxford Studies in Social History Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
312

Table of Contents

1. Gender, household, and city
2. Women in court
3. The language of insult
4. Words, reputation, and honour
5. The economy of courtship
6. Domestic disorders: adultery and violence
7. Narratives of litigation
8. Conclusion
Bibliography, Index

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