Sibling Relations and Gender in the Early Modern World: Sisters, Brothers and Others

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Naomi J. Miller, Naomi Yavneh
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - History - 238 pages
While the relationships between parents and children have long been a staple of critical inquiry, bonds between siblings have received far less attention among early modern scholars. Indeed, until now, no single volume has focused specifically on relations between brothers and sisters during the early modern period, nor do many essays or monographs address the topic. The essays in Sibling Relations and Gender in the Early Modern World focus attention on this neglected area, exploring the sibling dynamics that shaped family relations from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries in Italy, England, France, Spain, and Germany. Using an array of feminist and cultural studies approaches, prominent scholars consider sibling ties from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including art history, musicology, literary studies, and social history. By articulating some of the underlying paradigms according to which sibling relations were constructed, the collection seeks to stimulate further scholarly research and critical inquiry into this fruitful area of early modern cultural studies.
 

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Divine devotion
5
Drawing the line
8
English Catholic Women and the Bonds
28
Ties that bind
64
Elizabeth I among her Siblings
77
Familial Relations in Lady
104
Sisterhood Reconsidered in Moderata
116
Musicians and Sororal Relations
129
Sibling Bonds and Bondage in and beyond Shakespeares
150
Hand in hand
166
Sainted Sisterhood in Early Modern England
182
Sisterly Feelings in Cavendish and Brackleys Drama
195
Anne
206
Johann
216
loltraltra
228
Copyright

The Shame of Siblings in David and Bethsabe
140

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Naomi J. Miller is Professor of English at Smith College, USA and Naomi Yavneh, is Associate Professor of Humanities and Director of Undergraduate Research at the University of South Florida, USA.

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