Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 1500 - 1750


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.
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Sarah Joan Moran is Associate Professor of Art History at Utrecht University. Her book Visual Culture at the Court Beguinages of the Hapsburg Low Countries, 1585-1794, will be out in 2019 with Amsterdam University Press.
Amanda Pipkin is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her publications including, Rape in the Republic, 1609-1725: Formulating Dutch Identity (Brill, 2013), reveals the significance of sex and gender in the construction of Dutch identity.
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Sarah Joan Moran and Amanda Pipkin

1 The Problem of Women’s Agency in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Martha Howell

2 Women’s Writing during the Dutch Revolt: the Religious Authority and Political Agenda of Cornelia and Susanna Teellinck, 1554–1625
Amanda Pipkin

3 The Maid of Holland and Her Heroic Heiresses
Martha Moffitt Peacock

4 The Absent Made Present: Portraying Nuns in the Early Modern Low Countries
Margit Thøfner

5 Women Writers and the Dutch Stage: Public Femininity in the Plays of Verwers and Questiers
Martine van Elk

6 Anna Francisca de Bruyns (1604/5–1656), Artist, Wife and Mother: a Contextual Approach to Her Forgotten Artistic Career
Katlijne Van der Stighelen

7 Foregrounding the Background: Images of Dutch and Flemish Household Servants
Diane Wolfthal

8 Resurrecting the ‘Spiritual Daughters’: the Houtappel Chapel and Women’s Patronage of Jesuit Building Programs in the Spanish Netherlands
Sarah Joan Moran

All interested in early modern women’s place within economic and social history, art history, and literary history, as well as specialists in the Low Countries and Reformation and Counter-Reformation studies. Keywords: Netherlands, Dutch Republic, Spanish Netherlands, Dutch Revolt, Golden Age, servants, spiritual daughters, women’s writings, portraiture, nuns, agency, theatre, art history, early modern, and gender history.
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