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Defining Gender

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Research the ideals of social conduct, power distribution within the family, consumption and leisure, education of men and women and gendered perceptions of the body to analyse and challenge the changing views and ideas surrounding traditional gender roles.

“By making available a range of rare printed and important and manuscript texts on many aspects of gender, sexuality and culture, the Defining Gender collection is an exciting and, for many, indispensable resource for undergraduate and advanced research into British culture and society.”
Professor Christopher E. Forth, University of Kansas

Defining Gender provides access to a vast body of original British source material that will enrich the teaching and research experience of those studying history, literature, sociology and education from a gendered perspective. It offers:

  • A wide range of original primary sources including ephemera, pamphlets, commonplace books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, manuscript journals, poetry, receipt books and conduct and advice literature
  • Contextual essays by leading scholars from Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA, which introduce the major themes of the project

Discover five centuries of primary source material from the mid-15th to early 20th century on the following five key topics:

  • Conduct and Politeness
  • Domesticity and the Family
  • Consumption and Leisure
  • Education and Sensibility
  • The Body