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This book analyzes the evolving interaction between court and media from an understudied perspective. Eight case studies focus on different European Empress consorts and Queen regnants from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, using a comparative, cross-media, and cross-period approach. The volume addresses a multitude of questions, ranging from how dynastic women achieved public prominence through their portraits; how their faces and bodies were moulded and rearticulated to fit varying expectations in the courtly public sphere; and the degree to which they, as female actors, engaged with or had agency within the processes of production and reception. In particular, two types of female rulership and their relationship to diverse media are contrasted, and lesser-known and under-researched dynastic women are spotlighted.

Contributors: Christine Engelke, Anna Fabiankowitsch, Inga Lena Ångström Grandien, Titia Hensel, Andrea Mayr, Alison McQueen, Marion Romberg, and Alison Rowley.
This collection forges new ground in the discussion of aristocratic and royal women, their relationships with their objects, and medieval geography. It explores how women’s geographic and familial networks spread well beyond the borders that defined men’s sense of region and how the movement of their belongings can reveal essential information about how women navigated these often-disparate spaces. Beginning in early medieval Scandinavia, ranging from Byzantium to Rus', and multiple lands in Western Europe up to 1500, the essays span a great spatio-temporal range. Moreover, the types of objects extend from traditionally studied works like manuscripts and sculpture to liturgical and secular ceremonial instruments, icons, and articles of personal adornment, such as textiles and jewelry, even including shoes.
Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 1500-1750 brings together research on women and gender across the Low Countries, a culturally contiguous region that was split by the Eighty Years' War into the Protestant Dutch Republic in the North and the Spanish-controlled, Catholic Hapsburg Netherlands in the South.
The authors of this interdisciplinary volume highlight women’s experiences of social class, as family members, before the law, and as authors, artists, and patrons, as well as the workings of gender in art and literature. In studies ranging from microhistories to surveys, the book reveals the Low Countries as a remarkable historical laboratory for its topic and points to the opportunities the region holds for future scholarly investigations.

Contributors: Martine van Elk, Martha Howell, Martha Moffitt Peacock, Sarah Joan Moran, Amanda Pipkin, Katlijne Van der Stighelen, Margit Thøfner, and Diane Wolfthal.
Gender and Interiority in Chinese Painting and Poetry
This book is the winner of the 2020 Joseph Levenson Pre-1900 Book Prize, awarded by the Association for Asian Studies.

In Song Dynasty Figures of Longing and Desire, Lara Blanchard analyzes images of women in painting and poetry of China’s middle imperial period, focusing on works that represent female figures as preoccupied with romance. She discusses examples of visual and literary culture in regard to their authorship and audience, examining the role of interiority in constructions of gender, exploring the rhetorical functions of romantic images, and considering connections between subjectivity and representation. The paintings in particular have sometimes been interpreted as simple representations of the daily lives of women, or as straightforward artifacts of heteroerotic desire; Blanchard proposes that such works could additionally be interpreted as political allegories, representations of the artist’s or patron’s interiorities, or models of idealized femininity.
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In The Portrait Bust and French Cultural Politics in the Eighteenth Century, Ronit Milano probes the rich and complex aesthetic and intellectual charge of a remarkably concise art form, and explores its role as a powerful agent of epistemological change during one of the most seismic moments in French history.
The pre-Revolutionary portrait bust was inextricably tied to the formation of modern selfhood and to the construction of individual identity during the Enlightenment, while positioning both sitters and viewers as part of a collective of individuals who together formed French society. In analyzing the contribution of the portrait bust to the construction of interiority and the formulation of new gender roles and political ideals, this book touches upon a set of concerns that constitute the very core of our modernity.
This volume deals with the commitment in the defense of egalitarian values by theatrical creators of the Spanish republican exile of 1939. Their innovative narrative and visual discourse offer models of masculinity and femininity that represent the change in gender paradigms derived from the rising leading role of women in the public sphere. The book approaches the potential differentiation of work produced by them in terms of sexual identity, especially in questions as maternity and conjugality, showing the position of society with regard to the professional women. It also explains the influence of the professional roles achieved by the republican Spanish women in the international scene –Mexico, France, Argentina, Cuba, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Uruguay– thanks to their use of modern artistic languages in works located between Vanguard and Tradition. They were also known for their work in Cinema, Radio, Television, Pedagogy and Translation. All these fields let women creators and managers continue with their artistic labor in the republican exile. Without forgetting the links with the country of origin, they were the best ambassadors of those artistic vanguards that so influenced the modernization of ideological and esthetic discourse in Western societies.

Este volumen indaga sobre el compromiso en la defensa de valores igualitarios por parte de los creadores y creadoras teatrales del exilio republicano de 1939, cuyos innovadores discursos narrativos y visuales presentan unos modelos de masculinidad y feminidad representativos del cambio en los paradigmas de género acordes con el creciente protagonismo de las mujeres en la Esfera pública. Aborda la potencial diferenciación de sus realizaciones en relación con su identidad sexual, en especial en cuestiones como la maternidad y la conyugalidad, y la posición de la sociedad ante las mujeres profesionales. Trata asimismo de la influencia que tuvo la agencia femenina republicana en la escena internacional -México, Francia, Argentina, Cuba, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Uruguay-, gracias a la modernidad de sus lenguajes expresivos, entre la Vanguardia y la Tradición, y a su trabajo en el Cine, la Radio, la Televisión, la Pedagogía o la Traducción, que permitió a estas creadoras y gestoras continuar su labor artística durante su exilio. Sin olvidar sus vínculos con su país de origen, fueron los mejores embajadores de aquellas vanguardias históricas que tanto influyeron en la modernización de los discursos ideológicos y estéticos de las sociedades occidentales.
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Das Theater als körperbezogene Kunst eignet sich in besonderem Maße für Geschlechterexperimente. Es stellt einen ästhetischen Raum bereit, in dem weitgehend gezielte und reflektierte (Körper-)Aktionen stattfinden, während sich alltägliche Geschlechterperformanzen eher unbewusst vollziehen. Das Theater übersetzt diese ‘natürlichen Prozesse’ in ästhetische Spiele und eröffnet damit sowohl in seiner illusionistisch-mimetischen wie postdramatischen Variante GeschlechterSpielRäume. Der vorliegende Sammelband untersucht aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive die Gender-Konstellationen in Dramen und Theatertexten vom 17. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert in unterschiedlichen Nationalliteraturen und er nimmt das Theater als Institution in den Blick, um den Zusammenhang von Gender, Kunstsparten und Beruf zu verdeutlichen. Darüber hinaus werden sowohl die Performativität anderer Wirklichkeiten wie Medizin und Museum als auch die zeitgenössische Performance fokussiert.
Tracing representations of re-imagined Victorian families in literature, film and television, and social discourse, this collection, the second volume in Rodopi’s Neo-Victorian Series, analyses the historical trajectory of persistent but increasingly contested cultural myths that coalesce around the heterosexual couple and nuclear family as the supposed ‘normative’ foundation of communities and nations, past and present. It sheds new light on the significance of families as a source of fluctuating cultural capital, deployed in diverse arenas from political debates, social policy and identity politics to equal rights activism, and analyses how residual as well as emergent ideologies of family are mediated and critiqued by contemporary arts and popular culture. This volume will be of interest to researchers and students of neo-Victorian studies, as well as scholars in contemporary literature and film studies, cultural studies and the history of the family. Situating the nineteenth-century family both as a site of debilitating trauma and the means of ethical resistance against multivalent forms of oppression, neo-Victorian texts display a fascinating proliferation of alternative family models, albeit overshadowed by the apparent recalcitrance of familial ideologies to the same historical changes neo-Victorianism reflects and seeks to promote within the cultural imaginary.
Through the prisms of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, French Minority Cinema explores key questions of identity and social interaction in the context of republican France, across two significant ‘minority’ cinemas: cinéma de banlieue and gay cinema. It offers the first comprehensive parallel study of these two bodies of film and their inter-relations, examining issues of national cinema and identity and the problematic status of minorities within the contemporary Republic. Against a backdrop of political and media debates on the PACS, parity, the affaire du voile and the French principle of laïcité, banlieue youth dissatisfaction, and gay parenting, French Minority Cinema charts the negotiatory discourse that has emerged through, and around, a core corpus of films released over the past two decades. This study will be of interest to scholars and students alike, working in the fields of French, Film, and Gay and Lesbian/Queer Studies.
The Political Voice in the Early Plays of Aphra Behn
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Of Love and War: The Political Voice in the Early Plays of Aphra Behn is a study which situates Behn’s early plays within their historical and political context. Behn (c.1640-1689), the first professional female playwright in England, is a fascinating study, having traveled to Surinam as a young woman, served as a spy for Charles II, and evidently supported her family through her writing, including plays, poetry, fiction, and translation.
Her early plays have often been dismissed as romances, largely because they treat such social and/or gender issues as forced marriage and female desire. This study argues that these same social issues frequently serve as tropes for political commentary and propaganda in support of foreign and domestic policies. Behn’s plays clearly demonstrate staunch loyalist support of the Stuart government, yet within the dramatic construction, she—like her contemporary male colleagues, offers fascinating covert political criticism.