The Resource Women on the margins : three seventeenth-century lives, Natalie Zemon Davis

Women on the margins : three seventeenth-century lives, Natalie Zemon Davis

Label
Women on the margins : three seventeenth-century lives
Title
Women on the margins
Title remainder
three seventeenth-century lives
Statement of responsibility
Natalie Zemon Davis
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As she did with Martin Guerre, Natalie Zemon Davis here retrieves individual lives from historical obscurity to give us a window onto the early modern world. As women living in the seventeenth century, Glikl bas Judah Leib, Marie de l'Incarnation, and Maria Sibylla Merian, equally remarkable though very different, were not queens or noblewomen, their every move publicly noted. Rather, they were living "on the margins" in seventeenth-century Europe, North America, and South America. Yet these women - one Jewish, one Catholic, one Protestant - left behind memoirs and writings that make for a spellbinding tale and that, in Davis' deft narrative, tell us more about the life of early modern Europe than many an official history. All these women were originally city folk. Glikl bas Judah Leib was a merchant of Hamburg and Metz whose Yiddish autobiography blends folktales with anecdotes about her two marriages, her twelve children, and her business. Marie de L'Incarnation, widowed young, became a mystic visionary among the Ursuline sisters and cofounder of the first Christian school for Amerindian women in North America. Maria Sibylla Merian, a German painter and naturalist, produced an innovative work on tropical insects based on lore she gathered from the Carib, Arawak, and African women of Suriname. The resulting triptych suggests the range of experience, self-consciousness, and expression possible in seventeenth-century Europe and its outposts. It also shows how persons removed from the centers of power and learning ventured in novel directions, modifying in their own way Europe's troubled and ambivalent relations with other "marginal" peoples
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
ACLSE
Dewey number
920.7/2/09032
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
CT3233
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Women on the margins : three seventeenth-century lives, Natalie Zemon Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-339) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Arguing with God : Glikl Bas Judah Leib -- New worlds : Marie de l'Incarnation -- Metamorphoses : Maria Sibylla Merian
Control code
ocn889235527
Extent
1 online resource (360 pages, [28] pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674955219
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9780674955219
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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.b36861297
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)889235527
  • acls0674955218

Library Locations

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