Zemon-Davis And Engel's Analysis

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Zemon-Davis and Engel diverge when they draw historical conclusions from these source materials. Zemon-Davis uses each woman to illustrate different aspects of the margins. Whether they were religious or social. By doing so Zemon-Davis traces a narrative of adaption, like Glikl who adapted to the social realities of Jews in Germany during the seventeenth-century. But Zemon-Davis also draws our attention to how those women struggled to operate within, or push, the margins on which their sex placed them. Like Maria Merian's determination to study the tropics of America. Or how Marie Guyart disregarded social obligations and left her son to pursue founding a convent in Quebec. Engel uses the petitions she narrates to show how peasant women and
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