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Challenging the Canon: Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Marianna Muravyeva and Raisa Maria Toivo take on the hierarchy and dichotomy of gender concepts in history with this new addition to Routledge Research in Gender and History.

What is gender? A question that provokes much debate in contemporary society and whose answers influence not only analysis of our own social practices, but historical analysis across all periods. But have our own notions of gender affected our understanding of past societies?

Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe is an attempt to challenge the canonical gender concept while trying to specify what gender really meant in the medieval and early modern world. Analysing certain useful notions, such as patriarchy and morality, and seeking to deepen this analysis into studies of female identities in various cultures and dimensions, Muravyeva and Toivo illustrate the fluidity and flexibility of what is called femininity today. In addition, rethinking narratives through case-studies from Northern Europe, Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe explores how conventional ideas of gender did not work in this particular region.

For our Finnish fans, Marianna and Raisa will be hosting a book launch event at the University of Tampere on Saturday, 2nd March 2013 from 9.30am . Featuring an open discussion with volume contributors and review editors from the journals Social History, Scandinavian Journal of History and Renaissance Studies, it promises to be a day of stimulating debate.

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  1. Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

    Edited by Marianna Muravyeva, Raisa Maria Toivo

    Series: Routledge Research in Gender and History

    This project is an attempt to challenge the canonical gender concept while trying to specify what gender was in the medieval and early modern world. Despite the emphasis on individual, identity and difference that past research claims, much of this history still focuses on hierarchical or...

    Published December 4th 2012 by Routledge