Time, Space, and Womens Lives in Early Modern Europe

Edited by Anne Jacobson Schutte, Thomas Kuehn, Silvana Seidel Menchi

Paperback - £27.95

Publication date:

01 September 2001

Length of book:

360 pages


Truman State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780943549903

This collection offers a variety of approaches to aspects of women’s lives. It moves beyond men’s prescriptive pronouncements about female nature to women's lived experiences, replacing the singular woman with plural women and illuminating female agency. The contributors show that women’s lives changed over the life course and differed according to region and social class. They also demonstrate that in the early modern period the largely private spaces in women’s lives were not enclosed worlds isolated from the public spaces in which men operated.

Contributors to this important collection are leading international scholars and offer strong, substantial, and archival-based research.

“[This collection] provides remarkable variety and vitality to the study of women in early modern Europe. In five parts the book seeks to establish a new paradigm for women’s studies, moving beyond traditional male perceptions about female nature to women’s lived experiences.… It is highly commended.”

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