Writing Women s History Since the Renaissance

Writing Women's History since the Renaissance also examines the relationship between women's history and the development of feminist consciousness, suggesting that the study of history has alerted women to their unequal status and enabled ...

Author: Mary Spongberg

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9780230203075

Category: History

Page: 320

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The complaint of Catherine Morland in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, that history has 'hardly any women at all' is not an uncommon one. Yet there is evidence to suggest that women have engaged in historical writing since ancient times. This study traces the history of women's historical writing, reclaiming the lives of individual women historians, recovering women's historical writings from the past and focusing on how gender has shaped the genre of history. Mary Spongberg brings together for the first time an extensive survey of the progress of women's historical writing from the Renaissance to the present, demonstrating the continuities between women's historical writings in the past and the development of a distinctly woman-centred historiography. Writing Women's History since the Renaissance also examines the relationship between women's history and the development of feminist consciousness, suggesting that the study of history has alerted women to their unequal status and enabled them to use history to achieve women's rights. Whether feminist or anti-feminist, women who have had their historical writings published have served as role models for women seeking a voice in the public sphere and have been instrumental in encouraging the growth of a feminist discourse.

Writing Women s History

Five essays address such themes as the relationship between feminist history and women's history, the use of the concept of "experience", the development of the history of gender, demographic history and women's history and the importance ...

Author: Karen M. Offen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349215126

Category: Social Science

Page: 552

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Five essays address such themes as the relationship between feminist history and women's history, the use of the concept of "experience", the development of the history of gender, demographic history and women's history and the importance of post-structuralism to women's history.

Writing Women s History

Elizabeth Fortune has generously supported the History Symposium since its
beginning, and she graciously assisted in planning this symposium on writing
women's history. Choosing Anne Firor Scott's work and its impact on women's
history ...

Author: Elizabeth Anne Payne

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617031748

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Anne Firor Scott’s The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics, 1830–1930 stirred a keen interest among historians in both the approach and message of her book. Using women’s diaries, letters, and other personal documents, Scott brought to life southern women as wives and mothers, as members of their communities and churches, and as sometimes sassy but rarely passive agents. She brilliantly demonstrated that the familiar dichotomies of the personal versus the public, the private versus the civic, which had dominated traditional scholarship about men, could not be made to fit women’s lives. In doing so, she helped to open up vast terrains of women’s experiences for historical scholarship. This volume, based on papers presented at the University of Mississippi’s annual Chancellor Porter L. Fortune Symposium in Southern History, brings together essays by scholars at the forefront of contemporary scholarship on American women’s history. Each regards The Southern Lady as having shaped her historical perspective and inspired her choice of topics in important ways. These essays together demonstrate that the power of imagination and scholarly courage manifested in Scott’s and other early American women historians’ work has blossomed into a gracious plentitude.

Companion to Women s Historical Writing

She then set about undermining the representation of women found in what she
saw very much as the masculine historical tradition and to write books that
established a tradition of woman-centred historical writing and inaugurated the ...

Author: M. Spongberg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349724680

Category: Psychology

Page: 712

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This A-Z reference work provides the first comprehensive reference guide to the wide range of historical writing with which women have been involved, particularly since the Renaissance. The Companion covers biographical writing, travelogue and historical fictions, broadening the concept of history to include the forms of writing with which women have historically engaged. The focus is on women writing in English internationally, but historical and historiographical traditions from beyond the English-speaking world are also examined. Brief biographies of individual writers are included.

Journal of Women s History Guide to Periodical Literature

The contemporary woman is now less likely to write her friends ; rather , she will
telephone or visit them . ... Many of those currently writing women ' s history have
led the way in making curricular and textbook changes , and in the training and ...

Author: Gayle V. Fischer

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253207207

Category: Reference

Page: 501

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"Gayle V. Fischer has produced a terrifically useful volume that no research library should be without." âe"The Journal of American History "... an indispensable resource to finding material on womenâe(tm)s history throughout the world." âe"Journal of World History "... the work is recommended for its currency, depth of coverage, and scope." âe"Ethnic Forum As part of its mission to disseminate feminist scholarship and serve as the journal of record for the new area of womenâe(tm)s history, the Journal of Womenâe(tm)s History began a compilation of periodical literature dealing with womenâe(tm)s history. This volume is drawn from more than 750 journals and includes material published from 1980 through 1990. There are forty subject categories and numerous subcategories. The guide lists more than 5,500 articles; all are extensively cross-listed.

The Irish Women s History Reader

Had women been written out of history and what was the best approach to
unearth their varied and extensive histories ? In historical terms , therefore , the
writing of women's history is certainly something of a new phenomenon , but
women ...

Author: Alan Hayes

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041519914X

Category: History

Page: 242

View: 687


An exciting collection of essays revealing the tremendous diversity of women's experiences in Ireland's past. For the first time, this unique book draws together key articles published in the field over the last two decades.

Women s History Britain 1850 1945

Our mother's land, chapters in Welsh women's history 1830–1939 (Cardiff:
University of Wales Press, 1991); L.Verrill-Rhys & D. Beddoe (eds), Parachutes
and petticoats, Welsh women writing on the Second World War (Dinas Powys:
Honno, ...

Author: June Purvis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135367107

Category: History

Page: 352

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Women's History: Britain 1850-1945 introduces the main themes and debates of feminist history during this period of change, and brings together the findings of new research. It examines the suffrage movement, race and empire, industrialisation, the impact of war and womens literature. Specialists in their own fields have each written a chapter on a key aspect of womens lives including health, the family, education, sexuality, work and politics. Each contribution provides an overview of the main issues and debates within each area and offers suggestions for further reading. It not only provides an invaluable introduction to every aspect of womens participation in the political, social and economic history of Britain, but also brings the reader up to date with current historical thinking on the study of womens history itself.

The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Volume 5: Historical Writing Since 1945 Axel Schneider, Daniel Woolf.
transformation as a women's historian—one increasingly sensitive to issues of
race, class, and the construction of gender.12 Politicized academicians began
carving out ...

Author: Axel Schneider

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191036774

Category: History

Page: 744

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The fifth volume of The Oxford History of Historical Writing offers essays by leading scholars on the writing of history globally since 1945. Divided into two parts, part one selects and surveys theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to history, and part two examines select national and regional historiographies throughout the world. It aims at once to provide an authoritative survey of the field and to provoke cross-cultural comparisons. This is chronologically the last of five volumes in a series that explores representations of the past across the globe from the beginning of writing to the present day.

Current Issues in Women s History

International Conference on Women's History Arina Angerman, Geerte Binnema,
Annemieke Keunen, Vefie Poels, ... in the Netherlands, so she did have some
connection with the outside world which gave her inspiration for historical writing.

Author: International Conference on Women's History

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415623865

Category: History

Page: 340

View: 217


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.

Women s History and Local Community in Postwar Japan

History as an open-field of possibility It is hardly surprising that local women's
history (chi'iki josei-shi) in Japan dates back to the early years after World War II,
a time when history-writing in general was becoming an open and accessible
field ...

Author: Curtis Anderson Gayle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135238438

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 148


This timely look at a neglected corner of Japanese historiography spotlights the decade following the end of World War II, a time in which Japanese society was undergoing the transformation from imperial state to democratic nation. For certain working and middle-class women involved in education and labor activism, history-writing became a means to greater voice within the turbulent transition. Women's History and Local Community in Postwar Japan examines the emergence of women’s history-writing groups in Tokyo, Nagoya and Ehime, using interviews conducted with founding members and analysis of primary documents and publications by each group. It demonstrates how women appropriated history-writing as a radical praxis geared less toward revolution and more toward the articulation of local imaginations, spaces and memories after World War II. By appropriating history as a praxis that did not need revolution for its success, these women used connections established by Marxist historians between history-writing and subjectivity, but did so in ways that broke rank from nationally-referenced renditions of history and memory. Under conditions in which some women saw history as a field of articulation that remained dominated by men, they put into practice their own de-centered versions of history-writing that continue to influence the historical landscape in contemporary Japan.

The Practice of U S Women s History

1 The Practice of U.S. Women's History mirrors a collective belief that writing
women into the historical record has shifted and changed over time, and, with it,
the practice of history. Offering gendered historiographies from an array of ...

Author: S. J. Kleinberg

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813541815

Category: History

Page: 370

View: 142


In the last several decades, U.S. women's history has come of age. Not only have historians challenged the national narrative on the basis of their rich explorations of the personal, the social, the economic, and the political, but they have also entered into dialogues with each other over the meaning of women's history itself. In this collection of seventeen original essays on women's lives from the colonial period to the present, contributors take the competing forces of race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, and region into account. Among many other examples, they examine how conceptions of gender shaped government officials' attitudes towards East Asian immigrants; how race and gender inequality pervaded the welfare state; and how color and class shaped Mexican American women's mobilization for civil and labor rights.

Women s History in Russia

history. One of the most popular genres of historical writing at that time was the
biography of a prominent female political ... Instead, they highlighted how the
hopes of “progressive forces” were pinned on Russian women.5 Among the
many ...

Author: Natalia Novikova

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443871372

Category: History

Page: 277

View: 508


This collection of essays, all by Russian scholars, is the first of its kind to address a broad English-speaking audience. It presents the theories and methodologies employed by Russian national historiography to make sense of Russian gender and women's history. The essays in this volume discuss women's and gender history in Russia, highlighting sensitive areas in the Russian academic community and in Russian society in general. The book appears in the context of an intense backlash against t...

The History of British Women s Writing 1610 1690

J.M. Ezell, Writing Women's Literary History (Baltimore: JohnsHopkins University
Press,1998), 18–23. Subsequentreferences are cited parentheticallyin thetext. 37
. Ibid., 68:'Between 1675 and 1875,there were at least twentyfive biographical ...

Author: M. Suzuki

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230305502

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 339

View: 609


During the seventeenth century, in response to political and social upheavals such as the English Civil Wars, women produced writings in both manuscript and print. This volume represents recent scholarship that has uncovered new texts as well as introduced new paradigms to further our understanding of women's literary history during this period.

Women s History in Global Perspective

Regional and global perspectives from the finest writers on women's history

Author: Bonnie G. Smith

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252029909

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 170


The American Historical Association's Committee on Women Historians commissioned some of the pioneering figures in women's history to prepare essays in their respective areas of expertise. This volume, the third in a series of three, collects their efforts. The first volume of the series deals with the broad themes necessary to understanding women's history around the world. As a counterpoint, Volume 2 is concerned with issues that have shaped the history of women in particular places and during particular eras. Similarly, Volume 3 also discusses current trends in gender and women's history from a regional perspective. It includes essays on sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, early and modern Europe, Russian and the Soviet Union, Latin American, and North America after 1865. Its contributors include Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Nikki R. Keddie, Barbara Engel, Asunción Lavrin, Ellen Dubois, and Judith P. Zinsser writing with Bonnie S. Anderson. Incorporating essays from top scholars ranging over an abundance of regions, dates, and methodologies, the three volumes of Women's History in Global Perspective constitute an invaluable resource for anyone interested in a comprehensive overview on the latest in feminist scholarship.

Citizenship and the Origins of Women s History in the United States

Epilogue Dall may have given up on writing women's history, but others did not.
Matilda Gage took up the mantle of trying to write a broader history of women with
an activist's conscience. In 1868, she began publishing essays about the ...

Author: Teresa Anne Murphy

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812208283

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 838


Women's history emerged as a genre in the waning years of the eighteenth century, a period during which concepts of nationhood and a sense of belonging expanded throughout European nations and the young American republic. Early women's histories had criticized the economic practices, intellectual abilities, and political behavior of women while emphasizing the importance of female domesticity in national development. These histories had created a narrative of exclusion that legitimated the variety of citizenship considered suitable for women, which they argued should be constructed in a very different way from that of men: women's relationship to the nation should be considered in terms of their participation in civil society and the domestic realm. But the throes of the Revolution and the emergence of the first woman's rights movement challenged the dominance of that narrative and complicated the history writers' interpretation of women's history and the idea of domestic citizenship. In Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States, Teresa Anne Murphy traces the evolution of women's history from the late eighteenth century to the time of the Civil War, demonstrating that competing ideas of women's citizenship had a central role in the ways those histories were constructed. This intellectual history examines the concept of domestic citizenship that was promoted in the popular writing of Sarah Josepha Hale and Elizabeth Ellet and follows the threads that link them to later history writers, such as Lydia Maria Child and Carolyn Dall, who challenged those narratives and laid the groundwork for advancing a more progressive woman's rights agenda. As woman's rights activists recognized, citizenship encompassed activities that ranged far beyond specific legal rights for women to their broader terms of inclusion in society, the economy, and government. Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States demonstrates that citizenship is at the heart of women's history and, consequently, that women's history is the history of nations.

Nigeria Nationalism and Writing History

Bolanle Awe has identified the male-oriented nature of the origin of African
historiography and its effect on women's historical realities. She points out that,
like the Western historiographical tradition, men were largely responsible for
pioneering ...

Author: Toyin Falola

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 9781580463584

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 333

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The book traces the history of writing about Nigeria since the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on the rise of nationalist historiography and the leading themes.

The History of British Women s Writing 1920 1945

The reinvigorationof historicalfiction by women writers inthe1920s isclosely
related tohistorical changesin the position of women, including women's
newstatus as enfranchised citizens, the aftermath of the First World War, and the
openingupof ...

Author: M. Joannou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137292179

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

View: 234


Featuring sixteen contributions from recognized authorities in their respective fields, this superb new mapping of women's writing ranges from feminine middlebrow novels to Virginia Woolf's modernist aesthetics, from women's literary journalism to crime fiction, and from West End drama to the literature of Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Writing African History

IN AFRICAN HISTORY Kathleen Sheldon The inclusion of women and gender in
African history has been flourishing in recent decades . ' Initially the focus of ...

Author: John Edward Philips

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 1580462561

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 532

View: 179


A comprehensive evaluation of how to read African history.

Liberating Women s History

Writing. Linda. Gordon,. Persis. Hunt,. Elizabeth. Pleck,. Rochelle. Goldberg.
Ruthchild,. and. Marcia. Scott. Most historians, no matter what their subject, have
neglected the history of women's lives.1 Pick any textbook on American history or

Author: Berenice A. Carroll

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252005694

Category: Social Science

Page: 434

View: 239


Papers furnishing a review and critique of past work in women's history are combined with selections delineating new approaches to the study of women in history and empirical studies considering ideological and class factors.

History Matters

Feminist history is most firmly entrenched in the United States and the
Netherlands, but it is recognized elsewhere, too. For an overview of the national
and institutional contexts of the development of the field as of 1990, see Writing
Women's ...

Author: Judith M. Bennett

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812200551

Category: History

Page: 224

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Written for everyone interested in women's and gender history, History Matters reaffirms the importance to feminist theory and activism of long-term historical perspectives. Judith M. Bennett, who has been commenting on developments in women's and gender history since the 1980s, argues that the achievement of a more feminist future relies on a rich, plausible, and well-informed knowledge of the past, and she asks her readers to consider what sorts of feminist history can best advance the struggles of the twenty-first century. Bennett takes as her central problem the growing chasm between feminism and history. Closely allied in the 1970s, each has now moved away from the other. Seeking to narrow this gap, Bennett proposes that feminist historians turn their attention to the intellectual challenges posed by the persistence of patriarchy. She posits a "patriarchal equilibrium" whereby, despite many changes in women's experiences over past centuries, women's status vis-à-vis that of men has remained remarkably unchanged. Although, for example, women today find employment in occupations unimaginable to medieval women, medieval and modern women have both encountered the same wage gap, earning on average only three-fourths of the wages earned by men. Bennett argues that the theoretical challenge posed by this patriarchal equilibrium will be best met by long-term historical perspectives that reach back well before the modern era. In chapters focused on women's work and lesbian sexuality, Bennett demonstrates the contemporary relevance of the distant past to feminist theory and politics. She concludes with a chapter that adds a new twist—the challenges of textbooks and classrooms—to viewing women's history from a distance and with feminist intent. A new manifesto, History Matters engages forthrightly with the challenges faced by feminist historians today. It argues for the radical potential of a history that is focused on feminist issues, aware of the distant past, attentive to continuities over time, and alert to the workings of patriarchal power.