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Women, from the Greeks to the French Revolution

Author: Susan Groag Bell
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1980, ©1973.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Groag Bell
ISBN: 0804710945 9780804710947 0804710821 9780804710824
OCLC Number: 6881202
Description: 313 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Women in the ancient world: Greece and Rome. A: Women equal rulers with men, an ideal ; Plato, from The Republic, Book V --
B: Aristotle's view of women: From Generation of animals ; From Ethics ; From Politics --
C: Women in democratic Athens ; W.K. Lacey, from The family in Classical Greece --
D: The women's revolt against the Oppian law (195 B.C.) ; J.P.V.D. Balsdon, from Roman women: their history and habits --
E: The Vestal virgins and Roman priestesses ; J. PV. D. Balsdon, Holy women --
F: The emancipation of the Roman matron ; Jerome Carcopino, from Daily life in ancient Rome --
pt. 2. Early Christian attitudes to femininity. A: The legacy of Judaism: Genesis 1:26-28 ; Genesis 2:18-25 ; Genesis 3:1-24 ; Song of Songs 2:1-17 ; Song of Songs 5:10-16 ; Song of Songs 7:1-12 ; Proverbs 31:10-31 --
B: Paul of Tarsus and early Christianity ; Charles Seltman, from Women in antiquity ; Ephesians 5:22-33 --
C. Patristic antifeminism from the second to the fifth century A.D. ; Katherine M. Rogers, from The troublesome helpmate: a history of misogyny in literature --
D. St. Jerome: A girl's education ; St. Jerome, "Letter on a girl's education --
pt. 3. Nunneries as the Medieval alternative to marriage. A: A basic rule for nunneries in the West ; Lina Eckenstein, from Woman under monasticism --
B: A royal nun in the sixth century in France ; Fortunatus, Vita radegundis --
C: A Northumbrian abbess at the time of the Lindisfarne gospels ; Lina Eckenstein, "Hild of Whitby" --
D: A twelfth century scholarly abbess and her textbook ; Lina Eckenstein, "Herrad and the 'Garden of delights'" --
pt. 4. Varieties of womanhood in the Middle Ages. A: St. Thomas Aquinas and the nature of woman ; St. Thomas Aquinas, from Summa theologica --
B: Courtly love and civalry ; Jaufre Rudel, "When the waters of the spring" ; Countess of Dia, "Love song" (Estat ai en greu consirier) ; Andreas Capellanus, "Twelve rules of love" ; Andreas Cappellanus, from The art of courtly love --
C: The cult of the virgin ; "Our lady's tumbler --
D: A medieval businesswoman ; Geoffrey Chaucer, from Canterbury Tales --
E: Medieval women and trade ; A. Abram, "Women traders in Medieval London" --
F. Analysis of the position of women in the late Middle Ages ; Eileen Power, "The position of women" --
pt. 5. Humanism and the Renaissance education of women. A: Learning leads to virtue and wisdom ; Juan Luis Vives, from Instruction of a Christian woman ; Juan Luis Vives, from A plan of studies for girls (for the Princess Mary) ; Juan Luis Vives, from The duties of husbands ; Juan Luis Vives, "Of the charge and care of children" --
B: The abbot and the learned lady ; Erasmus, from The abbot and the learned lady --
pt. 6. Renaissance women and Reformation influences. A: Upper-class women in Renaissance Italy ; Jacob Burkhardt, from The civilization of the Renaissance in Italy ; Jacob Burkhardt, "The higher forms of society" --
B: Women workers and scholars in Renaissance Italy ; William Boulting, from Woman in Italy --
C: A tale concerning a boatwoman ; Marguerite of Angouleme, from The heptameron --
D: Elizabeth I: the greatest woman of Renaissance and Reformation England ; Roger Ascham, "Elizabeth the student" ; Elizabeth I, "The queen's speech" ; The Venetian ambassador, "A pope's admiration" ; Doris Stenton, "On the 'Homily on matrimony'" --
E: Religious women radicals in the seventeenth century ; Keith Thomas, "Women and the civil war sects" --
pt. 7. Women in the century of the French Revolution. A: The Enlightenment and the soul of woman ; Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, "The domination and intelligence of woman" ; Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, "The soul of woman" --
B: A lady of the salon ; Fernand Noziere (Ernest Weyl), "The salon of Madame Geoffrin" --
C: Woman's place in Romanticism ; Jean Jacques Rousseau, from Emile --
D: Working women in the French Revolution ; Olwen Hufton, from "Women in Revolution 1780-1796."
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