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Maryville College
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Early Modern Europe, France, Brittany, eighteenth-century, women and gender, work identity, history of law, inheritance, criminal justice
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About Me

My first book, Women’s Work and Identity in Eighteenth-century Brittany (Ashgate, 2007) began as a study of women’s economic roles. However, as economic roles are tied to legal rights such as inheritance, that project led me to study legal history much more closely. I did a number of projects on inheritance rights, marriage, domestic partnerships, and children born out of wedlock. My latest project, in progress, follows the accidental homicide in 1720 of one woman by another and how the event played out in their small village. It is tentatively titled, Murder, Justice, and Harmony in a Pre-revolutionary French Village.

Recent Publications

—“Natural Children, Natural Rights and Family Order in the Eighteenth Century.” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Vol. 42 (2014).

—“Legal accommodations for married women on their own in Eighteenth-Century France” in collection Femmes face à l’absence, Bretagne et Québec (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles) edited by Benoît Grenier and Emmanuelle Charpentier (from Collections Cheminements, Québéc, Centre Interuniversitaire d’études Québécoises, July 2015)

—“Women and Work Identity,” in collection Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century France edited by Daryl M. Hafter and Nina Kushner (Louisiana State University Press, 2015).

—“Women’s Wills and Donations,” in collection “For the Salvation of my Soulˮ: Women and Wills in Medieval and Early Modern France edited by Joëlle Rollo-Koster and Kathryn L. Reyerson (St. Andrew’s Studies in French History and Culture, 2012).

—“’Til death parts us”: Women’s Domestic Partnerships in Eighteenth-Century Brittany,” Journal of Women’s History Winter 2011 (Vol. 23, No. 4).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
France, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
3, 4, 6
Expertise by Topic
Economic History, Gender, Law, Sexuality, Women