Gender Matters opens the debate concerning violence in literature and the arts beyond a single national tradition and engages with multivalent aspects of both female and male gender constructs, mapping them onto depictions of violence. By defining a tight thematic focus and yet offering a broad disciplinary scope for inquiry, the present volume brings together a wide range of scholarly papers investigating a cohesive topic-gendered violence-from the perspectives of French, German, Italian, Spanish, English, and Japanese literature, history, musicology, art history, and cultural studies. It interrogates the intersection of gender and violence in the early modern period, cutting across national traditions, genres, media, and disciplines. By engaging several levels of discourse, the volume advances a holistic approach to understanding gendered violence in the early modern world. The convergence of discourses concerning literature, the arts, emerging print technologies, social and legal norms, and textual and visual practices leverages a more complex understanding of gender in this period. Through the unifying lens of gender and violence the contributions to this volume comprehensively address a wide scope of diverse issues, approaches, and geographies from late medieval Japan to the European Enlightenment. While the majority of essays focus on early modern Europe, they are broadly contextualized and informed by integrated critical approaches pertaining to issues of violence and gender.
Number of pages: 396
Weight: 724 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
"Gender Matters is a fascinating piece of reading, and, although the scope of scholarship presented seems too wide initially, the thematic chapters offer novel approaches to early modern studies. The main strength of the volume is its heterogeneity; it tackles interdisciplinary subjects and, more importantly, it introduces a broad perspective that points beyond the European framework in early modern studies and includes such rarely addressed issues in early modern art and culture in Japan. [...] the volume fulfills its main goal and presents a holistic view of the early modern period that helps with the understanding of this era more fully, and similar endeavors would be greatly welcomed in future early modern studies."
- Zita Turi, Eoetvoes Lorand University, Budapest, in Sixteenth Century Journal , vol. 46.1 2015, pp. 197-199
"A major strength of this collection is its transnational focus. Readers seeking a global perspective on early modern culture will find this text particularly fulfilling.
Another strength of this collection is that the essays are widely interdisciplinary. Unlike many similar essay collections, the variety in this text demonstrates the pervasiveness of gendered violence - and it shows how easily scholars can arrive at similar conclusions about the systems of power in society while using different toolsets.
Scholars specifically focused on violence or gender will easily find plenty to love here, of course, and the interdisciplinary focus might provide some necessary breadth to such research."
- Matt Carter, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in Renaissance Quarterly , vol. 68.3, pp. 1105-1106