Women  Madness and Sin in Early Modern England Book

Women Madness and Sin in Early Modern England


  • Author : Katharine Hodgkin
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-05-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351871570

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Women Madness and Sin in Early Modern England Excerpt :

A fascinating case study of the complex psychic relationship between religion and madness in early seventeenth-century England, the narrative presented here is a rare, detailed autobiographical account of one woman's experience of mental disorder. The writer, Dionys Fitzherbert, recounts the course of her affliction and recovery and describes various delusions and confusions, concerned with (among other things) her family and her place within it; her relation to religion; and the status of the body, death and immortality. Women, Madness and Sin in Early Modern England presents in modern typography an annotated edition of the author's manuscript of this unusual and compelling text. Also included are prefaces to the narrative written by Fitzherbert and others, and letters written shortly after her mental crisis, which develop her account of the episode. The edition will also give a modernized version of the original text. Katharine Hodgkin supplies a substantial introduction that places this autobiography in the context of current scholarship on early modern women, addressing the overarching issues in the field that this text touches upon. In an appendix to the volume, Hodgkin compares the two versions of the text, considering the grounds for the occasional exclusion or substitution of specific words or passages. Women, Madness and Sin in Early Modern England adds an important new dimension to the field of early modern women studies.

Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England Book

Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England


  • Author : Abigail Shinn
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-10-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319965772

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Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England Excerpt :

This book is a study of English conversion narratives between 1580 and 1660. Focusing on the formal, stylistic properties of these texts, it argues that there is a direct correspondence between the spiritual and rhetorical turn. Furthermore, by focusing on a comparatively early period in the history of the conversion narrative the book charts for the first time writers’ experimentation and engagement with rhetorical theory before the genre’s relative stabilization in the 1650s. A cross confessional study analyzing work by both Protestant and Catholic writers, this book explores conversion’s relationship with reading; the links between conversion, eloquence, translation and trope; the conflation of spiritual movement with literal travel; and the use of the body as a site for spiritual knowledge and proof.

The Experience of Domestic Service for Women in Early Modern London Book

The Experience of Domestic Service for Women in Early Modern London


  • Author : Paula Humfrey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-12-05
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351889995

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The Experience of Domestic Service for Women in Early Modern London Excerpt :

The late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century texts presented here describe female servants' experiences of work in early modern London. Domestics' court depositions offer qualitative evidence that female servants were an important support of emergent capitalism in the early modern metropolis. Exposed here are the contractual underpinnings of domestic service for women; the mobility that domestic servants enjoyed; and the concern that this mobility generated in the authorities. Paid domestic work has traditionally been regarded by historians simply as a pre-marital phase of women's lives. In fact, the depositions in this volume show that service was a prototypical form of female wage labour. While some women left service once they married, others relied on domestic positions as an avenue to generating income as life-long single women, as married women, and as widows. Even though they usually lived in poverty, labouring women who worked as servants in London had considerably more agency than has earlier been recognized. Female servants who deposed before London ecclesiastical and parish courts three centuries ago were mostly non-literate. Strikingly, their individual voices are clear and distinct as they present information about their working and personal circumstances.

Maids  Wives  Widows Book

Maids Wives Widows


  • Author : Sara Read
  • Publisher : Pen and Sword
  • Release Date : 2015-05-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473859586

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A broad-ranging exploration of the everyday lives of women—from social calls to medical needs—during one of English history’s most fascinating periods. Maids, wives, and widows were the official classifications of women according to English law in the early modern era, immediately following the medieval period. In this fascinating study of the time, historian Sara Read shows “how varied, rich, joyous, and sociable early modern women’s lives were, not to mention just how busy or difficult they could be” (Read, from the introduction). Read delves into how these women filled their days, including vivid details of what they liked to eat and drink, what jobs they held, and how they raised their children. With chapters devoted to beauty regimes, fashion, and literature, the book examines the cultural and domestic aspects of life, as well as how women understood and dealt with their monthly periods and what it was like to give birth in a time before modern obstetric care was available. Maids, Wives, Widows also highlights key moments in women’s history such as the 1671 publication of the first midwifery guide by Jane Sharp; the turmoil caused by the Civil Wars of the 1640s; the various new religious sects in which women participated to a surprising extent; and many others. Also scrutinized are cases of notorious criminals such as murderer Sarah Malcolm and confidence trickster Mary Toft who pretended to give birth to rabbits.

Forms of Hypocrisy in Early Modern England Book

Forms of Hypocrisy in Early Modern England


  • Author : Lucia Nigri
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-09-05
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351967549

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Forms of Hypocrisy in Early Modern England Excerpt :

This collection examines the widespread phenomenon of hypocrisy in literary, theological, political, and social circles in England during the years after the Reformation and up to the Restoration. Bringing together current critical work on early modern subjectivity, performance, print history, and private and public identities and space, the collection provides readers with a way into the complexity of the term, by offering an overview of different forms of hypocrisy, including educational practice, social transaction, dramatic technique, distorted worship, female deceit, print controversy, and the performance of demonic possession. Together these approaches present an interdisciplinary examination of a term whose meanings have always been assumed, yet never fully outlined, despite the proliferation of publications on aspects of hypocrisy such as self-fashioning and disguise. Questions the chapters collectively pose include: how did hypocritical discourse conceal concerns relating to social status, gender roles, religious doctrine, and print culture? How was hypocrisy manifest materially? How did different literary genres engage with hypocrisy?

The Suffering of Women Who Didn t Fit Book

The Suffering of Women Who Didn t Fit


  • Author : David J. Vaughan
  • Publisher : Casemate Publishers
  • Release Date : 2018-11-30
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781526732309

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For over 500 years, women have suffered claims of mental decay solely on account of their gender. Frigid, insane, not quite there, a witch in sheep's clothing, labels that have cast her as the fragile species and destroyer of Man.This book reveals attitudes, ideas and responses on what was to be done with 'mad women' in Britain.Journey back into the unenlightened Middle Ages to find demonic possession, turbulent humours and the wandering womb. In the Puritan Age, when the mad were called witches and scolds ducked for their nagging. The age of Austen and a sense and sensibility created from her fragile nerves. Then descend into Victorian horrors of wrongful confinement and merciless surgeons, before arriving, just half a century past, to the Viennese couch and an obligation to talk.At the heart of her suffering lay her gynaecological make-up, driving her mad every month and at every stage of her life. Terms such as menstrual madness, puerperal insanity and 'Old Maid's Insanity' poison history's pages.An inescapable truth is now shared: that so much, if not all, was a male creation. Though not every medic was male, nor every male a fiend, misogynist thought shaped our understanding of women, set down expectations and 'corrected' the flawed.The book exposes the agonies of life for the 'second class' gender; from misdiagnosis to brutal oppression, seen as in league with the Devil or the volatile wretch. Touching no less than six centuries, it recalls how, for a woman, being labelled as mad was much less a risk, more her inevitable burden.

Losing Face Book

Losing Face


  • Author : Ilana Krausman Ben-Amos
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2022-03-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000550399

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This book is a study of shame in English society in the two centuries between c.1550 and c.1750, demonstrating the ubiquity and powerful hold it had on contemporaries over the entire era. Using insights drawn from the social sciences, the book investigates multiple meanings and manifestations of shame in everyday lives and across private and public domains, exploring the practice and experience of shame in devotional life and family relations, amid social networks, and in communities or the public at large. The book pays close attention to variations and distinctive forms of shame, while also uncovering recurring patterns, a spectrum ranging from punitive, exclusionary and coercive shame through more conciliatory, lenient and inclusive forms. Placing these divergent forms in the context of the momentous social and cultural shifts that unfolded over the course of the era, the book challenges perceptions of the waning of shame in the transition from early modern to modern times, arguing instead that whereas some modes of shame diminished or disappeared, others remained vital, were reformulated and vastly enhanced.

Two Early Modern Marriage Sermons Book

Two Early Modern Marriage Sermons


  • Author : Robert Matz
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351877183

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Two Early Modern Marriage Sermons Excerpt :

This critical edition of two early modern marriage sermons provides an important resource for students and scholars of early modern literature and history, allowing them to experience firsthand the competing and historically layered ideas about marriage that circulated in the wake of the English Reformation. Read in their entirety these sermons, by turns engaging and infuriating, resist easy characterization. The edition includes an extended critical introduction to the sermons. In the introduction Robert Matz offers evidence for a view of post-Reformation marriage advice that neither overstates nor minimizes historical change. He shows that if some earlier scholars exaggerated the break between Protestant and earlier ideas of marriage, so the criticism of this view has sometimes exaggerated the continuities-especially with regard to writing about marriage. The introduction also provides biblical, theological, political and discursive contexts for the sermons, including the place of the sermon in English early modern print culture, biographies of each of the sermon's authors, and an account of the textual differences among the editions of each sermon. The texts follow the spelling and punctuation of the originals. Annotations are provided to identify references, gloss words with unfamiliar or altered meanings, clarify difficult syntax, and mark variations between editions.

The Unruly Womb in Early Modern English Drama Book
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The Unruly Womb in Early Modern English Drama


  • Author : Ursula A. Potter
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2019-04-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110662016

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The Unruly Womb in Early Modern English Drama Excerpt :

This study provides an accessible, informative and entertaining introduction to women’s sexual health as presented on the early modern stage, and how dramatists coded for it. Beginning with the rise of green sickness (the disease of virgins) from its earliest reference in drama in the 1560s, Ursula Potter traces a continuing fascination with the womb by dramatists through to the oxymoron of the chaste sex debate in the 1640s. She analyzes how playwrights employed visual and verbal clues to identify the sexual status of female characters to engage their audiences with popular concepts of women’s health; and how they satirized the notion of the womb’s insatiable appetite, suggesting that men who fear it have been duped. But the study also recognizes that, as these dramatists were fully aware, merely by bringing such material to the stage so frequently, they were complicit in perpetuating such theories.

A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts Book

A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts


  • Author : Claire Loffman
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-07-20
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317187929

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A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts Excerpt :

A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts provides a series of answers written by more than forty editors of diverse texts addressing the 'how-to's' of completing an excellent scholarly edition. The Handbook is primarily a practical guide rather than a theoretical forum; it airs common problems and offers a number of solutions to help a range of interested readers, from the lone editor of an unedited document, through to the established academic planning a team-enterprise, multi-volume re-editing of a canonical author. Explicitly, this Handbook does not aim to produce a linear treatise telling its readers how they 'should' edit. Instead, it provides them with a thematically ordered collection of insights drawn from the practical experiences of a symposium of editors. Many implicit areas of consensus on good practice in editing are recorded here, but there are also areas of legitimate disagreement to be charted. The Handbook draws together a diverse range of first person narratives detailing the approaches taken by different editors, with their accompanying rationales, and evaluations of the benefits and problems of their chosen methods. The collection's aim is to help readers to read modern editions more sensitively, and to make better-informed decisions in their own editorial projects.

Metafiction and Metahistory in Contemporary Women s Writing Book

Metafiction and Metahistory in Contemporary Women s Writing


  • Author : A. Heilmann
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2007-04-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 9780230206281

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Metafiction and Metahistory in Contemporary Women s Writing Excerpt :

This collection examines the dynamic experimentation of contemporary women writers from North America, Australia, and the UK. Blurring the dichotomies of the popular and the literary, the fictional and the factual, the essays assembled here offer new approaches to reading contemporary women fiction writers' reconfigurations of history.

Madness in Seventeenth Century Autobiography Book

Madness in Seventeenth Century Autobiography


  • Author : K. Hodgkin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2006-11-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN 10 : 9780230626423

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Madness in Seventeenth Century Autobiography Excerpt :

What did it mean to be mad in seventeenth-century England? This book uses vivid autobiographical accounts of mental disorder to explore the ways madness was identified and experienced from the inside, asking how certain people came to be defined as insane, and what we can learn from the accounts they wrote.

Women  Murder  and Equity in Early Modern England Book

Women Murder and Equity in Early Modern England


  • Author : Randall Martin
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2007-12-12
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135899448

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Women Murder and Equity in Early Modern England Excerpt :

This book presents the first comprehensive study of over 120 printed news reports of murders and infanticides committed by early modern women. It offers an interdisciplinary analysis of female homicide in post-Reformation news formats ranging from ballads to newspapers. Individual cases are illuminated in relation to changing legal, religious, and political contexts, as well as the dynamic growth of commercial crime-news and readership.

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen Book

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen


  • Author : Carole Levin
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2016-11-03
  • Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Pages : 660
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315440712

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A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen Excerpt :

From the exemplary to the notorious to the obscure, this comprehensive and innovative encyclopedia showcases the worthy women of early modern England. Poets, princesses, or pirates, the women of power and agency found in these pages are indeed worth knowing, and this volume will introduce many female figures to even the most established scholars in early modern studies. Rather than using the conventional alphabetical format of the standard biographical encyclopedia, this volume is divided into categories of women. Since many women will fit in more than one category, each woman is placed in the category that best exemplifies her life, and is cross referenced in other appropriate sections. This structure makes the book an interesting read for seasoned scholars of early modern women, while students need not already be familiar with these subjects in order to benefit from the text. Another unusual feature of this reference work is that each entry begins with some incident from the woman’s life that is particularly exciting or significant. Some entries are very brief while others are extensive. Each includes a source listing. The book is well illustrated and liberally sprinkled with quotations of the time either by or about the women in the text.

English Bibles on Trial Book

English Bibles on Trial


  • Author : Avner Shamir
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-11-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315513959

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The aim of this book is to explore antagonism towards, and acts of violence against, English Bibles in England and Scotland (and, to a lesser degree, Ireland) from the English Civil War to the end of the eighteenth century. In this period, English Bibles were burnt, torn apart, thrown away and desecrated in theatrical and highly offensive ways. Soldiers and rebels, clergymen and laymen, believers and doubters expressed their views and emotions regarding the English Bible (or a particular English Bible) through violent gestures. Often, Bibles of other people and other denominations were burnt and desecrated; sometimes people burnt and destroyed their own Bibles. By focusing on violent gestures which expressed resentment, rejection and hatred, this book furthers our understanding of what the Bible meant for early modern Christians. More specifically, it suggests that religious identities in this period were not formed simply by the pious reading, study and contemplation of Scripture, but also through antagonistic encounters with both Scripture itself and the Bible as a material object.