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Seventeenth-century Pronk Poppenhuisen and Eighteenth-Century English Baby Houses: Gender, Domesticity, and the Novel

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2019, 76(1), pp.79-109
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.76.1.201902.79
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : January 18, 2019
  • Accepted : February 8, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

Heewon Chung 1

1서울시립대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper seeks to contextualize dollhouses from seventeenth-century pronk poppenhuisen to eighteenth-century English baby houses against the backdrop of gendering of interior spaces, and the rise of domesticity and the novel. Starting from the studiolo and cabinets de curieux, this study analyzes the intersection of power and knowledge, and the performance of gender and domesticity in the history of collection and domestic spaces. The purpose of the first part of this article is to survey the differentiation of pronk poppenhuisen from the cabinets of curiosities in terms of gendering of the collection, paying attention to the rise of domesticity exemplified in the contemporary emblem books. The second part of the paper examines the domestic value and sensibility represented implicity and explicitly in eighteenth-century English baby houses, and in doing so, it discusses how baby houses and novels visualize the interiority of both the households and the bourgeois subjects.

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