Women in European Culture and Society: Gender, Skill and Identity from 1700

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-02-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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A new and major contribution to the field, Women in European Culture and Societyis a transnational history of women in Europe from the beginning of the eighteenth century that pushes women's history beyond national studies to create an integrated view of three hundred years of women in Europe. Using a longue durée, the book disentangles the accounts of industrialisation and bourgeois femininity which tend to dominate women's studies, and questions the dominant narratives of history. Drawing on women's own writing and cultural production, it presents women as agents of change as well as exploring cultural perceptions of women and the ways in which women have been have been represented by these discourses. It explicitly engages with how women contributed as practitioners to shaping the culture and society of western Europe. The geographical range and generational breadth of this study provides a cohesive vision of women's lives up to the present day. Women in European Culture and Societyis an invaluable and essential guide to the conditions, circumstances and understandings of how women lived throughout Europe.

Author Biography

Deborah Simonton is Associate Professor of British History at the University of Southern Denmark and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her publications include The Routiedge History of Women in Modem Europe (Routiedge, 2006] and A History of European Women's Work (Routiedge, 1998) and she is the co-editor of Gender in Scottish History (2006).

Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
A note about referencingp. xv
Overturep. 1
Rights of man and duties of womanp. 7
Prelude: Women's identity in eighteenth-century culturep. 9
Timeline: Rights of man and duties of womenp. 11
Intimate lives: self, sex and familyp. 20
Community spacesp. 53
Wider worlds: gendering the Enlightenmentp. 85
Intermezzo: The revolutionary erap. 116
Timeline: The revolutionary erap. 121
Domesticity and industrialismp. 129
Prelude: The legacy of the Enlightenmentp. 131
Timeline: Domesticity and industrialismp. 138
Intimate worlds: our mothers' daughtersp. 141
Community spaces: labour, leisure and consumptionp. 179
Shaping wider worldsp. 210
Intermezzo: La belle époque or fin de siècle?p. 241
Timeline: La belle époquep. 258
Modern timesp. 263
Prelude: 'Carrying Linda's Stones'p. 265
Timeline: Modern timesp. 274
Intimacy and independencep. 281
The transitional communityp. 320
Women go publicp. 352
Coda: Gender, skill and identityp. 389
Further readingp. 394
Indexp. 404
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