Women's networks of knowledge: The emblem book as Stammbuch

Mara R. Wade

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The emblem book customized as a Stammbuch is a material manifestation of early modern cultural practices of knowledge creation and organization. Dorothea von Anhalt's use of Andreas Friedrich's Emblemata Nova⋯ (1617) as a Stammbuch created a hybrid artifact of dynasty and devotion as manuscript entries made by Dorothea's extended family members merged with the existing printed material. This unique book illuminates female practices of recording, circulating, and preserving dynastic and religious knowledge at North German Protestant courts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-509
Number of pages18
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2017


  • Book collecting
  • Court
  • Customized book
  • Gender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory


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