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Better a Shrew than a Sheep
Women, Drama, and the Culture of Jest in Early Modern England
Pamela Allen Brown
In a study that explodes the assumption that early modern comic culture was created by men for men, Pamela Allen Brown shows that jest books, plays, and ballads represented women as laugh-getters and sought out the laughter of ordinary women...



Between the Sign and the Gaze
Herman Rapaport
A woman turns into a piece of furniture (Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest); a writer of children's books takes photos of naked little girls (Lewis Carroll); Mont Blanc becomes the maternal breast (Shelley); Hamlet mistakes Ophelia for a phallus (Lacan's...



Beyond Consolation
Death, Sexuality, and the Changing Shapes of Elegy
Melissa F. Zeiger
Using as her starting point the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, Melissa F. Zeiger examines modern transformations of poetic elegy, particularly as they reflect historical changes in the politics of gender and sexuality. Although her focus is primarily...



Beyond the Household
Women's Place in the Early South, 1700–1835
Cynthia A. Kierner
Much has been written about the "southern lady," that pervasive and enduring icon of antebellum regional identity. But how did the lady get on her pedestal—and were the lives of white southern women always so different from those of their northern...



The Body Embarrassed
Drama and the Disciplines of Shame in Early Modern England
Gail Kern Paster
Men and women in early modern Europe experienced their bodies very differently from the ways in which contemporary men and women do. In this challenging and innovative book, Gail Kern Paster examines representations of the body in Elizabethan-Jacobean...



Bonds of Community
The Lives of Farm Women in Nineteenth-Century New York
Nancy Osterud
Women held a central place in long-settled rural communities like the Nanticoke Valley in upstate New York during the late nineteenth century. Their lives were limited by the bonds of kinship and labor, but farm women found strength in these bonds as...



Brabbling Women
Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia
Terri L. Snyder
Terri L. Snyder demonstrates how women resisted and challenged oppressive political, legal, and cultural practices in colonial Virginia.



Breaking the Ties That Bound
The Politics of Marital Strife in Late Imperial Russia
Barbara Alpern Engel
New perspectives on marital relations, domesticity, and intimate life in imperial Russia.



Buoyancy on the Bayou
Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization
Jill Ann Harrison
Portrays the struggles that Louisiana shrimp fishers endure to remain afloat in an industry beset by globalization.



Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers
Women's Lives through War and Peace in Sierra Leone
Chris Coulter
During the war in Sierra Leone (1991–2002), members of various rebel movements kidnapped thousands of girls and women, some of whom came to take an active part in the armed conflict alongside the rebels. In a stunning look at the life of women in...



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