Book Announcement: Attending to Early Modern Women: Conflict, Concord

by Jessica C. Murphy

I just received the following good news from Karen Nelson at UMD:

“Attending to Early Modern Women: Conflict, Concord, the proceedings volume of the symposium held at the University of Maryland in 2009. To say this volume is a collaborative effort is an understatement, as those who are familiar with the conference series already know.

Contents include these essays:

  • Amy M. Froide, “Introduction: Conflict, Concord: Attending to Early Modern Women” ;
  • Craig Harline, “Big Sister as Intermediary: How Maria Rolandus Tried to Win Back Her Wayward Brother.
  • Colleen Reardon, “Getting Past No or Getting to Yes: Nuns, Divas, and Negotiation Tactics in Early Modern Italy”
  • Megan Matchinske, “History’s “Silent Whispers”: Representing the Past Through Feeling and Form”
  • Holly Hurlburt, “Columbus’ Sister: Female Agency and Women’s Bodies in Early Modern Atlantic and Mediterranean Empires”
  • Maya Shatzmiller, “The Female Body in Islamic Law and Medicine: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics”
  • Silvia Evangelisti,”Spaces for Agency: The View from Early Modern Female Religious Communities”
  • Barbara Watson Andaya, “Marian Devotion and Identity in Early Modern Indonesia: Mother Maria, Queen of Larantuka”
  • Susan E. Dinan, “Gender Differentials in Honors Programs and Colleges”
  • Albert Rabil, Jr. “Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath (ca. 1395) and Christine de Pizan, from Letter of the God of Love (1399) to City of Ladies (1405): A New Kind of Encounter Between Male and Female”
  • Eleonora Stoppino, “Early Modern Amazons: Teaching Conflict in Representation”

Workshop summaries to follow the plenary topics of Negotiations, Economies, Faiths & Spiritualities, and Pedagogies, are also included:

  • Joan Hartman and Stephen Stearns, “Elizabeth Stuart, Princess Royal, Electress of the Palatinate, and Queen of Bohemia, Negotiates”
  • Michelle Dowd, Julie Eckerle, and Stephanie O’Hara, “Negotiating Lineage: Women and Genealogy”
  • Catharine Gray, Erin Murphy, and Brian Sandberg, “Women under Siege”
  • Erin Kelly, Erin Sadlack, Deborah Uman, and Jessica Walker, “Early Modern Women: Negotiating Past and Present”
  • Lara Dodds, Anne Harris, Andrea Sununu, “Negotiating the Classical Past: Women, Texts, Politics”
  • Katherine Larson, Linda P. Austern, and Jeanice Brooks, “Negotiating Music in Early Modern England: The Case of the Sidneys”
  • Mary Ellen Lamb, Carole Collier Frick, and Pamela Allen Brown, “Italian Brides, English Divas, Young Male Flaunters, Fictional Women”
  • Erin Bone Steele, AnnMarie Saunders, Jasmine Lellock, and Marisha Caswell, “How to Turn your Man into a Killer: Lessons from Alice Arden and Lady Macbeth”
  • Kimberly Coles and Gitanjali Shahani, “Kitchin-physick”: Diet and Identity in a Colonial Economy”
  • Ann Christensen, Lori Humphrey Newcomb, and Clarissa Hinajosa, “Alice Clark at 90: Reconsiderations, Reviews, Reworking Women’s Work”
  • Georgianna Ziegler, Margaret Hannay, and Sheila ffolliott, “Text and Image: Material Expressions of Spiritual Beliefs”
  • Bernadette Andrea and Bindu Malieckal, “Faith Journeys: The Early Seventeenth-Century Travels of Teresa Sampsonia Sherley and Begum Mariam Khan from the Islamic Empires of the East to England”
  • Sara French and Amanda Eubanks Winkler, “‘Depravity’ and the Place of Women”
  • Giuseppina Iacono and Megyn Dixon, “Writing the Spiritual Self: Non-Conformist Women’s Life Writing in Seventeenth-Century England, Ireland, and Scotland”
  • Kristen Post Walton, Samantha Morgan-Curtis, and Naomi McAreavey, “Celtic Women Negotiating Exile”
  • Penelope Anderson, Constance Furey, and William E. Smith, “Political Resistance and the Right to Conscience in Women’s Religious and Literary Writings”
  • Lynn Westwater, Leah Chang, and Meredith Ray, “Contested Identities: Religion, Misogyny, and Polemic in Early Modern Europe”
  • Amy Leonard and Barbara Mujica, “Conflict and Negotiations Inside and Outside the Early Modern Convent”
  • Elizabeth Mazzola, Andrianna Bakos, Theresa Kemp, and Victoria Mondelli, “Changing the Curriculum: Negotiating the Education of Daughters and Wives, Midwives, Humanists, and Indians”
  • Emily Ruth Isaacson and Jessica Murphy, “Electronic Self Fashioning: Scholarly Bloggers in the Real World”
  • Yelena Luckert, Tim Hackman, Patricia Herron, Eric Lindquist, and Jennie Levine Knies, “Teaching and Researching Early Modern Women in the Digital World”

Thanks are due as well to the planning committee, who brought creative and thoughtful energy to the task of conceptualizing the program and identifying appropriate speakers. For the 2009 symposium, that committee consisted of Anne Derbes (Art History) Hood College; Susan Dinan (History) William Patterson University; Jane Donawerth (English, Comparative Literature, Women’s Studies) University of Maryland; Amy Froide (History) University of Maryland–Baltimore County; Meredith Gill (Art History & Archaeology) University of Maryland; Joan E. Hartman (Emeritus) College of Staten Island, CUNY; Wendy Heller (Musicology) Princeton University; Amy Leonard (History) Georgetown University; Margaret Mikesell (English) John Jay College, CUNY; Karen Nelson (Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies) University of Maryland; Anne Lake Prescott (English and French Literature) Barnard College, Columbia University; Adele Seeff (Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies) University of Maryland; Betty S. Travitsky (Center for the Study of Women and Society) Graduate Center, CUNY.

Most especially, my gratitude goes to Adele Seeff for her inspiring stewardship of this symposium series since its inception in 1990, and to Merry Weisner Hanks, who assumed the mantel by orchestrating a brilliant symposium in 2012. We look forward to 2015!”

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