Brabbling Women

Brabbling Women

Brabbling Women takes its title from a 1662 law enacted by Virginia's burgesses, which was intended to offer relief to the "poore husbands" forced into defamation suits because their "brabling" wives had slandered or scandalized their neighbors. To quell such episodes of female misrule, lawmakers decreed that husbands could choose either to pay damages or to have their wives publicly ducked.

But there was more at stake here. By examining women's use of language, Terri… (more)

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Publisher: Cornell University Press

Parent ISBN: 9780801479052

Page count: 200 pages

Language: English


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