Between 2003 and 2007 Adam Matthew Publications will bring together approximately 50,000 images of original documents relating to Gender Studies.
The images will be sourced from about ten different libraries and archives around the world, including a strong core of document images from the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Each Section features thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Gender Studies. The essays relate directly to the source material covered by the on-line publication with 30-50 hypertext links per essay to documentary evidence. The thematic essays introduce students to the material, suggest possible approaches, and place the documents within a broad historical, literary and cultural context.
Documents will be released in five sections with accompanying essays:
Section One: Conduct and Politeness (released)
Conduct and Politeness in the Early Modern Period, Dr David Turner, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan
Conduct and Politeness in the Eighteenth Century, Dr Vivien Jones, Department of English, University of Leeds
Conduct and Politeness in the Nineteenth Century, Dr Ainslie Robinson, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Australia
Section Two: Domesticity and the family (released)
Domesticity and the Family in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, By Professor Toni Bowers, Department of English University of Pennsylvania
Masculinity and the Family in the Victorian Period, By Professor Christopher Kent Department of History
University of Saskatchewan
The Role of the Victorian Mother, By Dr Jane Long Centre for Women's Studies University of Western Australia
Gender, Sexuality and the Family: Women's Writing, Language and Readership in The Lady's Magazine, 1770-1832
By Dr Lisa O'Connell Department of English University of Queensland
Section III: Consumption and Leisure (Summer 2005)
Gender Issues and Consumer Behaviour in the Early Modern Period Dr Sara Mendelson, Arts and Science Programme, McMaster University
Gender, Shopping and Consumption in the Eighteenth Century Dr Claire Walsh, Department of History, University of Warwick
Gender, Shopping, Advertising and Consumer Culture in the Victorian Period Professor Erika Rappaport, Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara
Sport, Masculinity, Leisure and Empire, c.1830-1910 Dr Patrick McDevitt, Department of History, SUNY-Buffalo
Cinema, Circus, Pantomime and Music Hall in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Professor Joss Marsh, Department of English, Indiana University
Section IV: Education and Sensibility (Summer 2006)
Gender and Education in the Early Modern Period Dr Martyn Bennett, Department of History, Nottingham Trent University
The Education of Men and Women, c.1760-c.1912 Dr Sarah Winter, Department of English, University of Connecticut at Storrs
Section V: The Body (Summer 2007)
Gender, Midwifery and the Body in the Early Modern Period Dr Elizabeth Harvey, Department of English, University of Toronto
The Mind and the Body, c.1650-1880 Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, School of English, University of West of England
Gender and the Body, c.1830-1910 Professor Jeanne Peterson, Departments of Gender Studies & History, Indiana University
This project has been developed to encourage undergraduate work with rare primary documents. By using images of the texts rather than transcriptions, Defining Gender enables students to connect with the past with greater immediacy.