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In what ways did Qing gentry women’s concern for gender and social propriety shape their assertions of female subjectivity and agency? How did they exploit the state promotion of female virtue and Confucian morality for self-fulfillment?
With a focus on three of the most widely acclaimed mid-Qing women authors, this book uses both synchronic and diachronic approaches to analyze writings on conjugal love, widowhood, women’s education, maternal teaching, boudoir objects, and history, illustrating their vibrant, gendered revision of literati poetic convention, thus proposing an alternative analytical framework that goes beyond the rigid dichotomy of compliance versus resistance.
Before the invention of synthetic sponges, divers culled the seabeds of the Aegean for animal sponges or "sea gold" to supply global demand, while risking paralysis or death from decompression disease. This is a study of sponge diving and the impact of the industry on the inhabitants of Kalymnos and Mediterranean. It is a record of the 10,000 divers who died, the 20,000 who were paralysed between 1886 and 1910, and the women who were there to sustain them when they returned home.
When was male domination established in human societies, and why did it take hold? How does humanity's most remote past inform today's feminist struggle?
This new, updated edition of Primitive Communism Is Not What It Used to Be – available for the first time in English translation – represents a timely contribution to the debate, drawing on the accumulated knowledge of ethnology and archaeology.
While noting the many outdated aspects of Morgan and Engels' seminal work, this vast synthesis, guided by a rigorous materialist approach, renews Marxist analysis on a theme that is at once remote and pressingly topical.
Women Writers in History is an international peer-reviewed book series that publishes monographs and edited volumes on a variety of subjects related to the history of women authors as a category until the early twentieth century. In particular, the series addresses the role women writers and female cultural brokers played in their respective countries, beyond national borders in the whole of Europe, and further afield. The series foregrounds new material and approaches that shed light on this topic, focusing especially on the contemporary reception of these women’s writings. Thanks to important efforts in text digitization, for instance of the early periodical press and of private correspondences, as well as the increasing availability of bibliometric databases studying the international circulation of books and texts, much new reception data is now becoming available. Literary historians are now beginning to use these data to understand the place of female authors in European literary history. We welcome research that, rather than focusing on individual authors and individual case studies, focuses on large-scale research, preferably drawing on empirical data concerning the reception side of literary communication. Volumes should ideally focus on the communication that took place between these historical female authors and their (contemporary) readers at home and abroad, and should provide insight into the positions adopted by these women. The series Women Writers in History is coordinated by members of the international NEWW Network (New approaches to European Women’s Writing, created in 2005) and the DARIAH-EU working group ‘Women Writers in History’. For more information on this working group, please see, or consult the online tool (currently being redeveloped at which allows users to stock, share and analyze historical reception data.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals to the publisher at BRILL, Christa Stevens. Also researchers who are no members of the NEWW network are welcome to submit a proposal.
The Myth of Hercules and Omphale in the Visual Arts, 1500–1800
The book examines the myth of Hercules and Omphale/Iole which became an important topic in the visual arts, 1500–1800. It offers an analysis of the iconography from the perspective of the history of emotions, classical and Neo-Latin philology, reception and gender studies. The early modern inventions of the myth excel in a skilful display of mixed and compound emotions, such as the male character's psychopathology, and of the theatrical performance of emotions by the female character.
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Edited by Rose Mary Allen and Sruti Bala, this comprehensive handbook of gender studies scholarship on the Dutch Caribbean islands thematically covers the history of movements for gender equality; the relation of gender to race, colonialism, sexuality; and the arts and popular culture. The handbook offers unparalleled insights into a century of debates around gender from the six islands of the Dutch Caribbean (Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba).

This handbook makes gender studies in the Dutch Caribbean accessible to an international readership. Besides key academic writings, it includes primary historical sources, translations from Papiamento and Dutch, as well as personal memoirs and poetry.
In premodern Europe, the gender identity of those waiting for Doomsday in their tombs could be reaffirmed, readjusted, or even neutralized. Testimonies of this renegotiation of gender at the encounter with death is detectable in wills, letters envisioning oneself as dead, literary narratives, provisions for burial and memorialization, the laws for the disposal of those executed for heinous crimes and the treatment of human remains as relics.
The Southern Low Countries were among Europe’s core regions for the repression of sodomy during the late medieval period. As the first comprehensive study on sodomy in the Southern Low Countries, this book charts the prosecution of sodomy in some of the region’s leading cities, such as Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp, from 1400 to 1700 and explains the reasons behind local differences and variations in the intensity of prosecution over time. Through a critical examination of a range of sources, this study also considers how the urban fabric perceived sodomy and provides a broader interpretive framework for its meaning within the local culture.