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Femmes et féminité dans la société allemande (XVIe-XVIIe siècles). : Normes, pratiques et représentations

Abstract : This thesis is about the female population of the Holy Roman Empire from about 1555, when the Peace of Augsburg, confirming the legitimacy of the Reformation was signed, until 1648, at the end of the Thirty Years’ War. The purpose of this work is to see how and why women, and particularly their bodies, were targeted by social discipline, and how it generated a redefinition and a precise codification of femininity in the age of Reformation and the confessionalization of societies. This thesis focuses on normative books written by theologians, protestant ministers and Jesuits, dealing with diverse subjects like education, marriage, maternity and widowhood. Laws and decrees about daily life have also been analysed, just like medical treaties revealing the mechanisms of the female body discipline in an interconfessional perspective. It shows how gestures, attitudes, appearance, sexuality and language were controlled in order to define a specific habitus. Beside the norms spread in the different documents under scrutiny, some practices related to the female body have been studied from letters, memoirs and statements of offence. This work crosses perspectives of social history, women and cultural history, as well as historical anthropology with an interconfessional comparison.
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Stéphanie Chapuis-Després. Femmes et féminité dans la société allemande (XVIe-XVIIe siècles). : Normes, pratiques et représentations. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Paris-Sorbonne, 2014. Français. ⟨tel-01146386⟩



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