A History and Mystery of Madame Du Coudray
Author: Nina Rattner Gelbart
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
View: 4675"Nina Gelbart has achieved something very rare: a penetrating original work of social history that reads like a novel. With marvelous mastery of France's archival records, Gelbart brings to life the eighteenth century's most famous midwife, Madame de Coudray. The vivid details of early modern childbirth are presented in a moving and unforgettable style. And better yet, Gelbart carefully and imaginatively weaves together the story of Coudray within the often colorful aristocratic society that governed France on the eve of its greatest revolution. History just doesn't get much better than this."—Gary Kates, author of Monsieur D'Eon Is a Woman
Early Modern Midwives in Europe
Author: Hilary Marland
View: 1958The Art of Midwifery is the first book to examine midwives' lives and work across Europe in the early modern period. Drawing on a vast range of archival material from England, Holland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, the contributors show the diversity in midwives' practices, competence, socio-economic background and education, as well as their public function and image. The Art of Midwifery is an excellent resource for students of women's history, social history and medical history.
performing femininity in nineteenth-century France
Author: Jo Burr Margadant
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
View: 7537This collection offers new perspectives on the lives of eight famous women in nineteenth century France. Their stories are used as a starting point through which the contributing authors experiment with what is called "the new biography."
Women, Books, and Sex in the French Enlightenment
Author: Suellen Diaconoff
Publisher: SUNY Press
View: 4245Argues that women's relationship to books and their promotion of reading contributed greatly to the cultural and intellectual vitality of the Enlightenment.
Author: Natalie Zemon Davis
View: 8248In the words of the general editors, A History of Women seeks "to understand women's place in society, their condition, the roles they played and the powers they possessed, their silence, their speech, and their deeds. It is the variety of the representations of women--as gods, Madonnas, witches, and so on--that we hope to capture, in its permanence as well as its many transformations." Informed by the work of seventy-five distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day. The inaugural volume brings women from the margins of ancient history into the fore. The authors' deft analysis offers fresh insight into more than twenty centuries of Greek and Roman history and encompasses a landscape that stretches from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and from the Pillars of Hercules to the banks of the Indus. In the minds of the ancients, the roles for which women were destined were silent ones: motherhood and homemaking, tasks relegated to obscurity by scribes who focused exclusively on the deeds of men. Even the census neglected women; in Rome, only heiresses were counted. But the dearth of information about women in official archives and the near absence of writing by women from this era stand in stark contrast to the astonishing profusion of texts and images created by men that are concerned with women and gender. The number of women's representations is astonishing. The authors draw upon sources ranging from gravestones to floor plans, from stele inscriptions to papyrus rolls, from vase paintings to Greek and Roman literary works, to illustrate how representations of women evolved during thisage. They journey into the minds of men--from the Greeks imagining their goddesses to the Church Fathers inventing the figure of the martyred female saint--and bring to light an imaginative history of women and of the relations between the sexes. The authors explore select aspects o
Gender, Society and Politics
Author: James McMillan,Professor James F Mcmillan
View: 4372France and Women, 1789-1914 is the first book to offer an authoritative account of women's history throughout the nineteenth century. James McMillan, author of the seminal work Housewife or Harlot, offers a major reinterpretation of the French past in relation to gender throughout these tumultuous decades of revolution and war. This book provides a challenging discussion of the factors which made French political culture so profoundly sexist and in particular, it shows that many of the myths about progress and emancipation associated with modernisation and the coming of mass politics do not stand up to close scrutiny. It also reveals the conservative nature of the republican left and of the ingrained belief throughout french society that women should remain within the domestic sphere. James McMillan considers the role played by French men and women in the politics, culture and society of their country throughout the 1800s.
Author: Olwen H. Hufton
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Category: Social Science
View: 9798Documents women's childhoods, the role of marriage, male-female relationships, and women's varied roles as mother, provider, widow, leader, nun, saint, prostitute, and witch
the seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791
Author: Clare Haru Crowston
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Category: Business & Economics
View: 4635A study of the seamstresses of late 17th and 18th-century France, who developed a quintessentially feminine occupation that became a major factor in the urban economy.
Author: Samia I. Spencer
Category: Authors, French
View: 9732Dedicated to making literature and its creators more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of librarians, teachers and scholars, the series systematically presents career biographies of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods. Entries are written by experts in the field and include bibliographies and illustrations.
Author: Owen Connelly
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
View: 7416This classic work on the French Revolution and Napoleonic era has been thoroughly updated to reflect the most recent scholarship on a magnificently complex epoch. Appropriate for upper-level French Revolution and Napoleonic era courses, this text's primary purpose is to give students the generally accepted "story" of the era and to furnish them with the basic knowledge to put in context the more sophisticated works listed in the bibliography.
Author: Eileen Yeo
Publisher: Rivers Oram Pr
Category: Biography & Autobiography
View: 8441To mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft's death, this book brings together contributions which capture an important and continuing moment in feminist scholarship and practice. They range from interdisciplinary readings of Wollstonecraft's texts to historical explorations of later feminist movements to interpretations of the politics of gender in key parts of the world today. The book reflects a convergence of feminist theory, scholarship, and practice.The book's themes include the roles of imagination, reason, and romance in sexual politics; the problems of forming feminist identities; the tensions between ideas of equality or common humanity; and differences of sex, class, and race power. These make it required reading for anyone engaged in current feminist analysis.
Author: L. W. B. Brockliss
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
View: 3428The Medical World of Early Modern France recounts the history of medicine in France between the sixteenth century and the French Revolution. Physicians, surgeons and apothecaries are centre-stage, and the study provides an overview of long-term changes in their ideas about medicine and their craft. Other denizens of the medical world - quacks, charlatans, wise women, midwives, herbalist and others - are also brought into the analysis, which is set within the broader context of social, economic, demographic and cultural change. The breadth of the chronological and analytical framework, and the depth of the archival research behind it, makes this a unique account of the evolution of medical ideas and practices in one of the major countries of early modern Europe.