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Gender and Change: Agency, Chronology and Periodisation revives questions that have been central to the development of women's history and feminist scholarship from their inception. Published to mark the twentieth anniversary of the influential journal Gender & History, the volume brings together leading scholars to reappraise the relationship between gender, change and periodisation in the light of the vast and diverse body of research that has been undertaken within women's and gender history during past decades.

The essays focus on a variety of historical periods, geographical areas and topics. They look afresh at how gender functioned as a force of endurance or transition, and how it may have been constitutive rather than merely reflective of continuity or change. In the process, they reappraise and reassert the potential of women's history and gender history both to complicate and, more fundamentally, to revise received chronologies, conventional periodisations and explanatory narratives.

This volume will have broad appeal to feminists and historians by engaging questions at the heart of the relationship between gender and history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This edited collection of essays, published to mark the 20th anniversary of the journal Gender and History, is a welcome and timely reminder of the way in which gender and women's history has successfully challenged historical orthodoxies . . .This book presents an at times quite staggering breath of historical coverage and debate bringing to light new and diverse histories of women and demanding that historians of women and gender don't become complacent." (Shepard's Gender and Change, 14 October 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405192279
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/25/2009
  • Series: Gender and History Special Issues Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Shepard teaches Early Modern History at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of several articles on the history of masculinity and Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England (2003).

Garthine Walker is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Cardiff. She has published on various aspects of gender and crime and is the author of Crime, Gender and Social Order in Early Modern England (2003).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

1 Gender, Change and Periodisation Alexandra Shepard Garthine Walker 1

2 Somatic Styles of the Early Middle Ages (c.600-900) Lynda L. Coon 13

3 Gendering the History of Women's Healthcare Monica H. Green 43

4 The Gender of Europe's Commercial Economy, 1200-1700 Martha Howell 83

5 Do Women Need the Renaissance? Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks 109

6 Gender as a Question of Historical Analysis Jeanne Boydston 133

7 Change and the Corporeal in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Gender History: Or, Can Cultural History Be Rigorous? Dror Wahrman 166

8 Agency, Periodisation and Change in the Gender and Women's History of Colonial India Padma Anagol 191

9 The Unseamed Picture: Conflicting Narratives of Women in the Modern European Past Lynn Abrams 222

10 The Gendered Genealogy of Political Religions Theory Kevin Passmore 242

11 Forgetting the Past Judith M. Bennett 273

Index 284

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