Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837

Author(s): Louise Duckling; Sara Reed; Felicity Roberts; Carolyn D. Williams

Sociology | 2019 September New Releases

Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837' is an engaging and lively collection of original, thought-provoking essays. Its route from Lady Jane Grey's nine-day reign to Queen Victoria's accession provides ample opportunities to examine complex interactions between gender, rank, and power. Yet the book's scope extends far beyond queens: its female cast includes servants, aristocrats, literary women, opera singers, actresses, fallen women, athletes and mine workers.

The collection explores themes relating to female power and physical strength; infertility, motherhood, sexuality and exploitation; creativity and celebrity; marriage and female friendship. It draws upon a wide range of primary materials to explore diverse representations of women: illuminating accounts of real women's lives appear alongside fictional portrayals and ideological constructions of femininity. In exploring women's negotiations with patriarchal control, this book demonstrates how the lived experience of women did not always correspond to prescribed social and gendered norms, revealing the rich complexity of their lives.

This volume has been published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Women's Studies Group 1558-1837. The group was formed to promote research into any aspect of women's lives as experienced or depicted within this period. The depth, range and creativity of the essays in this book reflect the myriad interests of its members.

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General Fields

  • : 9781526751393
  • : Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • : Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • : October 2019
  • : --- length: - '9.5' width: - '6' units: - Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Louise Duckling; Sara Reed; Felicity Roberts; Carolyn D. Williams
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 305.4209