Gender in Early Modern German History

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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.
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"...[a] multifaceted anthology of solid scholarship, intriguing new historical approaches, and extensive historiography. The editor, together with her ten collaborators, has achieved a scholarly work of wide geographical and chronological scope...This anthology should not only be read by scholars and students of the early modern German period but by early modern Europeanists in general." Renaissance Quarterly

"It can only be hoped that this volume will alert those interested in gender and early modern studies to the exciting work being undertaken in the German context." H-GERMAN

"Offers a challenging sampling of recent scholarship in German gender history.... Recommended." Choice

"An extraordinary book that takes monsters and the mundane in stride and is not dry as dust scholarship but infused with life and insight." Bibliotheque d'humanisme et Renaissance

"Remarkable for uniqueness and depth..." History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521179973
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Series: Past and Present Publications Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ulinka Rublack is Lecturer in History, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St John's College.

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Table of Contents

Preface; 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 W├╝rttemberg 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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