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Hausväterliteratur (Hausvater, singular, means ‘father of the household’) was a widespread genre of functional literature in the early modern era up until the 18th century, providing instruction on household management and addressing both practical and moral questions. The term underlines the strong position of the master of the house (Pater familias), who ruled the house absolutely [1. part 1, S. 3]. It engaged with the legal traditions of antiquity (Latin pater familias), the reception of Aristotle (whereby the household, Greek oíkos, was the model for personal …

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Donien, Jürgen, “Hausväterliteratur”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020741>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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