Women writing and family archives: the missing history

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The history of womankind can only be properly explored by looking at the writings of women themselves. Because of this, family archives are essential to reconstruct women’s biographies historically, which frequently are unknown. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how family archives, and especially biographical writing, make it possible to learn more about the universe of women, in particular in nineteenth-century Portugal. Since most of the examples available concern the aristocracy of the time, some characteristics can be detected that defi ne this writing and the social group it belongs to.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecovered voices, newfound questions
Subtitle of host publicationFamily archives and historical research
EditorsMaria de Lurdes Rosa, Rita Sampaio da Nóvoa, Alice Borges Gago, Maria João da Câmara
Place of PublicationCoimbra
PublisherImprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-26-1794-7
ISBN (Print)978-989-26-1793-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventArquivos de família & Investigação em História | História Moderna - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 13 Oct 2017 → …

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ConferenceArquivos de família & Investigação em História | História Moderna
Period13/10/17 → …


  • Women’s writing
  • Family archives
  • Aristocracy
  • History of women
  • History of nineteenth-century Portugal


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