Widowhood and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World)

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Whereas recent studies of early modern widowhood by social, economic and cultural historians have called attention to the often ambiguous, yet also often empowering, experience and position of widows within society, Widowhood and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe is the first book to consider the distinct and important relationship between ritual and representation. The fifteen new interdisciplinary essays assembled here read widowhood as a catalyst for the production of a significant body of visual material-representations of, for and by widows, whether through traditional media, such as painting, sculpture and architecture, or through the so-called 'minor arts,' including popular print culture, medals, religious and secular furnishings and ornament, costume and gift objects, in early modern Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Arranged thematically, this unique collection allows the reader to recognize and appreciate the complexity and contradiction, iconicity and mutability, and timelessness and timeliness of widowhood and representation.

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Allison Levy Allison Levy, Catherine Lawless, J. S. W. Helt, Marina Arnold, Joyce de Vries, Elizabeth McCartney, Michael E. Yonan, Holly S. Hurlburt, Laura D. Gelfand, Sara French, Stephanie Fink De Backer, Cristelle L. Baskins, Amelia Carr.

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Prize: Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Award for a collaborative project published in 2003. 'These essays by promising young scholars open new angles of vision on the experiences and representations of widowhood in early modern culture. The collection is distinguished not only by its impressive chronological and geographical range; it also shows how little-known images and neglected objects shaped the accumulated meanings surrounding widowhood and public memory. Equally sensitive to both the historical and visual contexts, this book reveals with stunning clarity how death and remembrance in early modern Europe were informed by gender and power relations.' Sharon Strocchia, author of Death and Ritual in Renaissance Florence 'Through the exploration of an impressive range of forms of visual culture and mourning rituals this book draws attention to an unwritten chapter of the history of widowhood: the key role that the widow was called to play in the preservation and construction of her husband's social memory. ... a must-read not just for historians of gender but for all those interested in developing their understanding of the multi-layered role of images in early modern society.' Sandra Cavallo, Reader in Early Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London 'Collectively, the essays illuminate the important contributions widows made to the production of visual materials and to the shaping of identity and memory. The volume is a useful addition to gender studies and the growing literature on the complex role of images in early modern society.' Choice 'The strength of this collection lies in its broad geographical and chronological scope and the interdisciplinary nature of its essays which reflect a diversity of critical approaches and examine widowhood and visual culture from multiple perspectives.' Marilyn Dunn, Renaissance Quarterly

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