Current Issues in Women's History

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Routledge, Oct 9, 2012 - History - 348 pages
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This lively collection of essays, originally published in 1989, illustrated recent developments in the area, with chapters by contributors from many different countries and disciplines.

Asking new questions and using sources in a challenging way, the contributors reflect 1980s debates about politics and academic research in women’s studies. They cover a wide range of topics, dealing for example with opportunities and obstacles for women within male-defined power-structures and institutions such as science, religious communities, and ancient Roman industry. They discuss feminists and feminist movements, analyse the utterances of women and men in medieval literature and in defamation cases, and give insights into the ways femaleness and femininity are given meaning. The essays on theory deal with such important issues as women’s historiography, and androcentrism and ethnocentrism in history.

  

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Contents

Preface
1
Politics identification and the writing of womens history
9
the clash between guild traditions and professional science
21
the case of ministers daughters
39
Brick stamps and womens economic opportunities in Imperial Rome
61
Witchcraft in the Northern Netherlands
75
the case of postrevolutionary Yugoslavia
93
Women Strike for Peace
109
attacks on spinster teachers 191839
183
Womens psychological disorders in seventeenthcentury Britain
203
Pygmalion or the image of women in medieval literature
221
sexual reputation in London 17701825
231
three portraits 18401970
249
Michelets Les femmes de la Révolution
271
Ethnocentrism in the study of Algerian women
289
Notes on contributors with selected bibliographies
311

Gossipy letters in the context of international feminism
131
The origins of feminism in Egypt
153
schoolteaching in nineteenthcentury New England
171

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About the author (2012)

The editors were all organisers of the International Conference on Women's History, held in Amsterdam in March 1986.