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Through fifteen essays that work from a rich array of primary sources, this collection makes the novel claim that early modern European women, like men, had a youth. European culture recognised that, between childhood and full adulthood, early modern women experienced distinctive physiological, social, and psychological transformations. Drawing on two mutually shaped layers of inquiry — cultural constructions of youth and lived experiences — these essays exploit a wide variety of sources, including literary and autobiographical works, conduct literature, judicial and asylum records, drawings, and material culture. The geographical and temporal ranges traverse England, Ireland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Mexico from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. This volume brings fresh attention to representations of female youth, their own life writings, young women’s training for adulthood, courtship, and the emergent sexual lives of young unmarried women.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. 5-10
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 11-32
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  1. Part 1. Concepts and Representations
  1. 1. ‘A Prospect of Flowers’
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  1. 2. A Roving Woman
  2. pp. 59-76
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  1. 3. ‘She is but a girl’
  2. pp. 77-96
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  1. 4. Flight and Confinement
  2. pp. 97-116
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  1. 5. Harlots and Camp Followers
  2. pp. 117-134
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  1. Part 2. Self-Representations: Life-Writing and Letters
  1. 6. Three Sisters of Carmen
  2. pp. 135-158
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  1. 7. Elite English Girlhood in Early Modern Ireland
  2. pp. 159-178
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  1. 8. Young Women Negotiating Fashion in Early Modern Florence
  2. pp. 179-194
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  1. 9. ‘Is it possible that my sister […] has had a baby?’
  2. pp. 195-214
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  1. Part 3. Training for Adulthood
  1. 10. Malleable Youth
  2. pp. 215-234
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  1. 11. The Material Culture of Female Youth in Bologna, 1550–1600
  2. pp. 235-254
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  1. 12. Becoming a Woman in the Dutch Republic
  2. pp. 255-274
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  1. Part 4. Courtship and Becoming Sexual
  1. 13. Straying and Led Astray
  2. pp. 275-296
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  1. 14. A Room of Their Own
  2. pp. 297-314
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  1. 15. In Search of a ‘Remedy’
  2. pp. 315-332
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  1. Supplementary Bibliography of Secondary Works
  2. pp. 333-338
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048534982
Related ISBN
9789462984325
MARC Record
OCLC
1077769905
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-17
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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