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Household Manuals
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0175  Wednesday, 15 March 2006

[1] 	From: 	R. A. Cantrell <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 14 Mar 2006 11:49:25 -0600
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0167 Household Manuals

[2] 	From: 	James Bromley <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 14 Mar 2006 13:05:35 -0600
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0167 Household Manuals

[3] 	From: 	Evelyn Gajowski <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 14 Mar 2006 11:26:31 -0800
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0167 Household Manuals


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From: 		R. A. Cantrell <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 14 Mar 2006 11:49:25 -0600
Subject: 17.0167 Household Manuals
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0167 Household Manuals

Mike Jones <
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 >I am a little unsure whether I am in the correct place for this query.
 >My question concerns the print culture of early modern household
 >manuals.  I have followed up Tessa Watt and Margaret Spufford, as well
 >as the Cambridge History of the book, I have also worked through Myers
 >and Bennet's work on the print culture of the period; however, I seem to
 >have now reached the end of the reference road and was wondering if
 >anybody had any pointers.

The timeline is fuzzy, but I think ten or fifteen years back the Folger 
had an exhibit of these manuals. The young lady who lectured in 
conjunction with the exhibit knew the extant material intimately. 
Unfortunately I don't recall her name. I'm sure Mr. Kuhta will know.

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From: 		James Bromley <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 14 Mar 2006 13:05:35 -0600
Subject: 17.0167 Household Manuals
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0167 Household Manuals

Wendy Wall's recent book, Staging Domesticity, should be a good source 
for you.  Since she has a previous book on print culture, you might find 
that she makes connections between print culture and domestic manuals 
(just a hunch here).  As far as finding recent copies of manuals, I know 
there is a recent hardcover of Vives' Instruction of a Christen Woman 
from U of Illinois P.  I don't know quite enough about modern publishing 
to offer a reliable answer about the reason for the scarcity of the 
other texts, but I might guess that lack of interest and the length of 
some of the domestic manuals might make presses wary to publish editions 
of them.  But, that is only a guess.

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From: 		Evelyn Gajowski <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 14 Mar 2006 11:26:31 -0800
Subject: 17.0167 Household Manuals
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0167 Household Manuals

For Mike Jones:

I suggest checking out online resources, such as SCETI 
(http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/flash.cfm?CFID=1405547&CFTOKEN=55609337), 
EEBO (http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home), etc.  For hardcopies, see Diane 
Bornstein, ed. (Distaves and Dames: Renaissance Treatises for and about 
Women. Scholars' Facsimiles, 1978), for a facsimile of Vives and 
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Amsterdam, 1976) for a reprint of Gouge.  The 
following anthologies/editions include excerpts of one or more of the 
early modern texts in question:

Aughterson, Kate, ed.  Renaissance Woman: A Sourcebook: Constructions of 
Femininity in England.   Routledge, 1995.

Davis, Lloyd, ed.  Sexuality and Gender in the English Renaissance: An 
Annotated Edition of Contemporary Documents.  Garland, 1998.

Klein, Joan Larsen, ed.  Daughters, Wives, and Widows: Writings by Men 
about Women and Marriage in England, 1500-1640.  Illinois, 1992.

Shakespeare, William.  The Taming of the Shrew: Texts and Contexts.  Ed. 
Frances Dolan.  Bedford/St. Martin's, 1996.

Watson, Foster.  Vives and the Renascence Education of Women.  Edward 
Arnold, 1912; Longmans, 1912.

Valerie Wayne's edition of Edmund Tilney's The Flower of Friendship 
(Cornell U P, 1992) is the best contemporary edition of an early modern 
English conduct book of which I am aware.

All the best,
Evelyn Gajowski
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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