This seminar considers how gender is implicated in the formation of the political, social, and artistic cultures of the early modern period. Topics addressed include religious and allegorical representations of and by women; the economic and legal status of women in specific communities; representations of male and female bodies in literature, art, and science; and applications of competing theories of gender, sexualities, and feminisms.


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Past Events 2014 - 15

Linda McJannet, Bentley College
Dancing on Her Grave? Adding Dance for the Heroine in Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Eleanor Hubbard, Princeton University
Female Literacy Revisited: Women Reading in London, 1570-1640
Lauren Jacobi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Spatiality of Florentine Banking and the Body of the Banker, ca. 1350-1550

Past Events 2013 - 14

Catherine Rockwood, Independent Scholar
Loose Gossips, Cunning Men: Gender and Garrulity in the Late Plays of Ben Jonson
Kavita Mudan Finn, Simmons College & Southern New Hampshire University
Tragedy, Transgression, and Women's Voices: The Cases of Eleanor Cobham and Margaret of Anjou
Patricia Phillippy, Kingston University, London
"Chain’d Up in Alabaster": Alice Spencer and the Shape of Remembrance
Gina Cogan, Boston University
The Ins and Outs of Becoming a Buddha: Bodily Transformation and Gender in the Career of the Japanese Buddhist Nun Bunchi (1619-1697)
Julia Flanders, Northeastern University
Teaching Early Modern Women’s Writing in the 21st Century: The Evolution of the Women Writers Project
Darlene Abreu-Ferreira, University of Winnipeg
Benevolent Slavery and Other Oxymorons: The Case of Black-African Women in Early Modern Portugal

Past Events 2012 - 13

Diana E. Henderson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Magic in the Chain: Othello, Omkara, and the Matter of Gender in Cross-Cultural Adaptation"
Susanne Sreedhar, Boston University
"Gendering the Social Contract: The Case of Samuel von Pufendorf"
Elizabeth C. Goldsmith, Boston University
"The Adventures of Hortense and Marie Mancini in the Age of Louis XIV: Writing about Early Modern Women for a General Public"
Tara Lyons, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
"’whereby she caught her shame’: Norton's Treatises, Mary Queen of Scots, and The Tragedy Gorboduc (1570)”
Carmen Font Paz, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Harvard University
“Defending Female Authorship from Speech to Print in Seventeenth-Century Prophetic Writing”
Emily Griffiths Jones, Boston University

“'In the Next World': Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and the Limits of Historical Romance"

Susan Bordo, University of Kentucky
The Creation of Anne Boleyn
Katherine Ibbett, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
"Regularizing Compassion: Hospital Work in Seventeenth-Century Montreal"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Bindu Malieckal, Saint Anselm College
"Gulbadan, Noorjahan, and Mariam: England and the Mughal Women of Early Modern India"
Erin Murphy, Boston University
"Wartimes: Seventeenth-Century English Women's Writing Then, Then and Now"
Coppelia Kahn, Brown University
"Ophelia Then, Now, and Hereafter"
Tara Nummedal, Brown University
"Gender and Generation in Early Modern Alchemy: The Case of Anna Zieglerin"
Kathleen McLuskie, University of Birmingham

"The Women’s Story in The Merry Wives of Windsor"

Past Events 2010 - 11

Amy Rodgers, Rhode Island College
"The Glass of Light: Women Interpreters in Shakespeare's Romances"
Erika Boeckeler, Northeastern University
"Graphic Sex Acts: The Penmanship of Shakespeare's Ladies"
Jane Tylus, New York University
"Gaspara Stampa, Sappho, and the Rediscovery of the Sublime in Early Modern Europe"
Claudia Olk, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Institut für Englische Philologie
"Vision and Desire in Mary Magdalene and The Winter's Tale"
Ellen Harris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"(Purcell's) Dido: A Female Exemplar, but of What?"