CFP: Writing Women’s Friendship in Early Modern England (1/12/17; 5/27-29/17)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Seeking a third paper to complete a panel on writing women’s friendships in the early modern period to be presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies at Congress 2017, to be held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, May 27-29, 2017.

This panel will consider how women’s friendships inspired them to write in the early modern period. How did women describe their friendships in writing? How are women’s friendships written about in the early modern period? How can we identify and document women’s friendships? Papers might consider:

  • Women writing about friendship or its absence
  • Descriptions of women’s friendships in poetry or drama
  • Historical friendships between women
  • Women’s networks of letters
  • New methods for tracing women’s friendships
  • Impact of women’s friendships on their social networks

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to Jantina Ellens at by January 12, 2017.

For the general call for papers for this conference, see the link to the Toronto 2017 Congress at this website: