Tracing Sexual Identities in "Old Age": Gender and Seniority in Advice Literature of the Early-modern and Modern Periods

Marja van Tilburg*

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    Thus far, historians have interpreted representations of elderly women with reference to women's roles or to women's positions in society. This article proposes a different approach toward gender: to relate representations of the aged to the sexual identities of both men and women. This article analyzes representations of old age in conduct books of the early-modern period and the nineteenth century. By drawing a comparison, the eighteenth-century change of "identity regime" in European culture is brought to the fore. The article points to the influence of sexual identities on the representations of senior persons in advice literature both in Dutch and translated into Dutch.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)369-386
    Aantal pagina's18
    TijdschriftJournal of Family History
    Nummer van het tijdschrift4
    StatusPublished - okt.-2009

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