Item Number: 148572
Title: The Youth of Early Modern Women
Author: Cohen, Elizabeth S. ; Margaret Reeves (eds)
Record created on 04/02/18
Description: Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 344pp. illus
Summary: Through fifteen essays that work from a rich array of primary sources, this collection makes the novel claim that early modern European women, like men, had a youth. European culture recognised that, between childhood and full adulthood, early modern women experienced distinctive physiological, social, and psychological transformations. Drawing on two mutually shaped layers of inquiry - cultural constructions of youth and lived experiences - these essays exploit a wide variety of sources, including literary and autobiographical works, conduct literature, judicial and asylum records, drawings, and material culture. The geographical and temporal ranges traverse England, Ireland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Mexico from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. This volume brings fresh attention to representations of female youth, their own life writings, young women's training for adulthood, courtship, and the emergent sexual lives of young unmarried women.
Contents: 'A Prospect of Flowers' - Concepts of Childhood and Female Youth in Seventeenth-Century British Culture, Margaret Reeves || A Roving Woman - The Rover, Part I and Hellena's Self-Creation of Youth, Sarah Morris || 'She is but a girl - Talk of Young Women as Daughters, Wives, and Mothers in the Records of the English Consistory Courts, 1550-1650, Jennifer McNabb || Flight and Confinement - Female Youth, Agency, and Emotions in Sixteenth-Century New Spain, Jacqueline Holler || Harlots and Camp Followers - Swiss Renaissance Drawings of Young Women circa 1520, Christiane Andersson || Three Sisters of Carmen - The Youths of Teresa de Jesús, María de San José, and Ana de San Bartolomé, Barbara Mujica || Elite English Girlhood in Early Modern Ireland - The Examples of Mary Boyle and Alice Wandesford, Julie A. Eckerle || Young Women Negotiating Fashion in Early Modern Florence, Megan Moran || 'Is it possible that my sister […] has had a baby?' - The Early Years of Marriage as a Transition from Girlhood to Womanhood in the Letters of Three Generations of Orange-Nassau Women, Jane Couchman || Malleable Youth - Forging Female Education in Early Modern Rome, Alessandra Franco || The Material Culture of Female Youth in Bologna, 1550-1600, Michele Nicole Robinson || Becoming a Woman in the Dutch Republic - Advice Literature for Young Adult Women of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Marja van Tilburg || Straying and Led Astray - Roman Maids Become Young Women circa 1600, Elizabeth S. Cohen || A Room of Their Own - Young Women, Courtship, and the Night in Early Modern England, Eleanor Hubbard || In Search of a 'Remedy' - Young Women, their Intimate Partners, and the Challenge of Fertility in Early Modern France, Julie Hardwick.
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