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Gender and Materiality in Early Modern English Gloves

Daybell, James ; Norrhem, Svante LU ; Broomhall, Susan ; van Gent, Jacqueline and Akkerman, Nadine (2021) In Sixteenth Century Journal 52(3). p.571-606
Abstract
This article explores the complex interactions of gender with the materiality of the processes of becoming and being a glove in the early modern period. Through an investigation of gloves, glove parts, and their ephemeral presentation (through leather, embroidery, and perfume), we argue that gender and materiality act in dialogic ways to produce power relations, and that considerations of gender, power, and materiality are central to our understanding of how material things function in a given society, embedded in social practices and cultural processes of production, consumption, and exchange. Using the glove as an indicative point of exploration, the article offers a new gendered interpretative methodology for analyzing other material... (More)
This article explores the complex interactions of gender with the materiality of the processes of becoming and being a glove in the early modern period. Through an investigation of gloves, glove parts, and their ephemeral presentation (through leather, embroidery, and perfume), we argue that gender and materiality act in dialogic ways to produce power relations, and that considerations of gender, power, and materiality are central to our understanding of how material things function in a given society, embedded in social practices and cultural processes of production, consumption, and exchange. Using the glove as an indicative point of exploration, the article offers a new gendered interpretative methodology for analyzing other material artifacts (such as shoes, rings, porcelain, or books) in an early modern European context across their many itineraries from commission to conservation. As such, it critiques and complements traditional “object biography” approaches to things. (Less)
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early modern materiality, Early Modern History, museum practices, Historical method, Materiality, Gender history, Early Modern History
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Sixteenth Century Journal
volume
52
issue
3
pages
41 pages
publisher
Kirksville, Mo.: The Sixteenth Century Journal
ISSN
0361-0160
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Gendered Interpretations at the Victoria&Albert Museum and the Vasa Museum
Gender, Politics and Materiality in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800
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English
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  title        = {{Gender and Materiality in Early Modern English Gloves}},
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