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Gender, Sex, and Subordination in England, 1500-1800
A study of the relations between men and women in early modern England. Michael Fletcher seeks to demonstrate that by grasping the production of gender categories, the inner logic of society as a whole will be revealed.
Paperback, 492 pages
Published March 11th 1999 by Yale University Press
(first published January 24th 1996)
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Apr 11, 2016 Mindy aka serenity rated it liked it
Fletcher, in more than 400 pages, attempts to paint a picture of a social landscape he feels is neglected: the changing attitude regarding gender over the course of three hundred years, from 1500-1800. To do this, he utilizes sources from an impressive variety of areas, from ballads, drama and literature to medical records and court documents. He also utilizes private journals from both men and women of the time period, offering a unique perspective on the workings of the blatant patriarchy in ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this book over a month ago and have not had enough time to write it up properly, This book was very very good and quite thought provoking. It was a great look at gender, detailing the construction of both male and female ideals and interactions and how and why these changed over time. He took in philosophical, religious, medical, educational and legal arguments. Fletcher also made very good use of the source material, using different types of sources to address different ...more
Fletcher takes on way too much in this book, but his argument is an interesting idea. Unfortunately, the material he uses to support it isn't always convincing, in part because he's trying to connect vastly different areas and time periods. For anyone researching gender in early modern England, this book is a "must read" because it's essentially a "who's who" of historians in that field. If nothing else, his bibliography is certainly worth a look.
Anthony Fletcher is a historian of the early modern period. He is a former professor at the Universities of Sheffield, Durham, Essex, and London.More about Anthony Fletcher...