Gender in Early Modern German Historyby Ulinka Rublack
Pub. Date: 11/04/2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Why did parents prosecute their children as witches? Why did a sixteenth-century midwife entice a burgher woman to pretend she was giving birth to puppies? How did the life of a transsexual woman in early eighteenth-century Hamburg end? This volume presents a range of startling case-studies from German society between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. The study reveals new meanings of gender and identity relating to the experiences of men and women in early modern German history.
Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Introduction Ulinka Rublack; Part I. Masculinities: 2. What made a man a man? Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century findings Heide Wunder; 3. Men in witchcraft trials: towards a social anthropology of 'male' understandings of magic and witchcraft Eva Labouvie; Part II. Transgressions: 4. Monstrous deception: midwifery, fraud and gender in early modern Rothenburg ob der Tauber Alison Rowlands; 5. 'Evil imaginings and fantasies': child witches and the end of the witch craze Lyndal Roper; 6. Gender tales: the multiple identities of Maiden Heinrich, Hamburg 1700 Mary Lindemann; 7. Disembodied theory? Discourses of sex in early modern Germany Merry Wiesner; Part III. Politics: 8. Peasant protest and the language of womens' petitions: Christina Vend's supplications of 1629 Renate Blickle; 9. State formation, gender and the experience of governance in early modern Württemberg Ulinka Rublack; Part IV. Religion: 10. Cloistering womens' past: conflicting accounts of enclosure in a seventeenth-century Munich nunnery Ulrike Strasser; 11. Memory, religion and family in the writing of Pietist women Ulrike Gleixner; 12. One body, two confessions: mixed marriages in Germany Dagmar Freist.
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