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Defining Gender explores the study and analysis of gender, leisure, and consumer culture from 1406 to 1917. This collection of original primary source materials from British archives includes ephemera, pamphlets, college records and exam papers, commonplace books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, account books, educational practice and pedagogy, government papers from the Home Office and Metropolitan police, illustrated writings on anatomy, midwifery, art and fashion, manuscript journals, poetry, novels, ballads, drama, receipt books, literary manuscripts, travel writing, and conduct and advice literature. This broad range of documents is organized around the following themes: conduct and politeness, domesticity and the family, consumption and leisure, education and sensibility, the body. Manuscripts, printed works, and illustrations combine to address the key issues from both masculine and feminine perspectives.