The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domestic Authority in by Karen Harvey

By Karen Harvey

The connection among males and the household in eighteenth-century Britain has been obscured via well-established historiographical narratives. the 1st charts alterations in household patriarchy, based on political patriarchalism within the early glossy interval and reworked in the course of the eighteenth century by way of new kinds of kinfolk dating rooted in agreement concept. the second one describes the emergence of a brand new type of household inside through the lengthy eighteenth century, a 'home' infused with a brand new tradition of 'domesticity' basically linked to girls and femininity. Domesticating Patriarchy shifts the phrases of those debates, rescuing the engagement of fellows with the home from obscurity, and higher equipping historians to appreciate masculinity, the family atmosphere, and family patriarchy.

Karen Harvey explores how males represented and legitimized their household actions. She considers the connection among discourses of masculinity and domesticity, and even if there has been a very manly perspective to the family. In doing so, Harvey means that 'home' is simply too slim an idea for an knowing of eighteenth-century household event. in its place, targeting the 'house' foregrounds a special household tradition, one during which males and masculinity have been significant. Reconstructing men's reports of the household as formed by way of their very own and others' ideals, assumptions and expectancies, Harvey argues for the continuation of a version of family patriarchy and in addition that powerful family patriarchs remained very important to late-eighteenth-century political idea. It was once a discourse of 'oeconomy' - the perform of dealing with the commercial and ethical assets of the loved ones for the upkeep of fine order - that formed men's attitudes in the direction of and reviews in the home. Oeconomy mixed daily and worldwide administration of individuals and assets; it was once a significant method of defining masculinity and confirmed the home a key section of a manly identification that operated around the divide of 'inside' and 'outside' the home. considerably for histories of the house which so usually narrate a strategy of privatization and feminization, oeconomy introduced jointly the house and the realm, basically via men's household administration.

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3–4. 25 Ibid. passim; quote p. 4. 26 Ibid. pp. 49–50; [William Lawson], A New Orchard & Garden: Or, The best way for Planting, Graffing, and to make any ground good for a rich orchard (London, 1683), containing The Country House-wife’s Garden: Containing Rules for Herbs and Seeds of common Use, with their Times and Seasons when to Set and Sow them. Together with the Husbandry of Bees, Published with Secrets very necessary for every Housewife: As also divers new Knots for Gardens (London, 1684), pp.

124 This does not mean that men did not undertake caring roles in practice. See Lisa Smith, ‘The Relative Duties of a Man: Domestic Medicine in England and France, ca. 1685–1740’, Journal of Family History, 31, 3 (2006), pp. 237–56, and also the discussion of medicine recipes in men’s writing, Chapter 5, pp. 126–7. 125 See Alexandra Shepard, Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003) for an account of relationships between patriarchal, anti-patriarchal, and alternative models of manhood, and the increasing importance of social status in the representation and application of these.

0/), which permits non-commercial reproduction and distribution of the work, in any medium, provided the original work is not altered or transformed in any way, and that the work is properly cited. 36 For readers in the house—rather than the field—many books on husbandry lack contents pages and/or indexes that would allow a reader to navigate the work for practical purposes. Instead, they are sometimes long, dense discussions about the idea of husbandry. Just as ‘home’ served representational functions, so husbandry was used to think with.

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