This multidisciplinary seminar considers how gender is implicated in the formation of the political, social, religious, and artistic cultures of the early modern period. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to, gender and representation in literature, art, religion, and science; the economic and legal status of women in specific communities; competing theories of gender, sexualities, and feminisms.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events 2019 - 20

Debapriya Sarkar, University of Connecticut
Romance at the Early Modern Shore
Kaara L. Peterson, Miami University
A Natural History of Queen Elizabeth I: Unriddling the Sieve Portraits
Reginald A. Wilburn, University of New Hampshire
Milton and Tarell Alvin McCraney's Poetics of Hair-Raising Drag in Wig Out!
Making the Case for Early Modern Women's and Gender Studies: A Roundtable

Past Events 2018 - 19

Preti Taneja, Warwick University
King Lear, India, "good girls" and gratitude - some field notes on WE THAT ARE YOUNG
Stephen Spiess, Babson College
Turning Chaste: Thomas Dekker, Honest Whores, and the Conversions of English Courtesans
Karin Coonrod, Yale School of Drama/Compagnia de' Colombari
Remaking Shakespeare Through Performance
Erin McCarthy, University of Newcastle
Axes of Uncertainty and the Attribution of Women’s Writing in Early Modern England
Wendy Wall, Northwestern University
Poet in the Making: Salvation and Cosmology in the Poetry of Hester Pulter
Reassessing the Field, Passing the Torch: A Roundtable and Open Discussion, Reception and Celebration as the Seminar Leadership Changes Hands

Past Events 2017 - 18

Mary Fuller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Looking for the Women in Early Modern Travel Writing
Emily Fine, University of Alabama
"The Law of Thy Mother": Women and Inheritance in 17th-Century Mothers' Legacy Texts
Lara Dodds, Mississippi State University
Forms, Formlessness, and Literary Studies: The Case of Margaret Cavendish
Erin Murphy, Boston University
The Soldier's Two Bodies: Margaret Cavendish, Singularity, and Wartime Violence
Stephanie Bahr, Hamilton College
Women and Witnessing: Reading Rape and Reformation in Spenser's Faerie Queene

Past Events 2016 - 17

Erika Gaffney, Amsterdam University Press
Early Modern Women’s Studies and Scholarly Book Publishing: Personal Reflections
Marina Leslie, Northeastern University
The Unbearable Lightness of Anne Green: An Infanticide’s Unlikely Afterlife, 1651-Present
Dianne E. Berg, Tufts University
Monstrous Un-Making: Blood, Milk, Maternity, and Murder as Female Agency in Early Modern England
Kristen Abbott Bennett, Stonehill College
Erica Zimmer, Boston University
The Queen’s Two Corpora: Elizabeth I in Digital Contexts
Ana Schwartz, University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Houses of Shame: The Gender of Colonial New England Poetry
Hannah Callaway, Harvard University
L’égalité Prescrite Par La Nature: Equality, Family Relations, and a Contested Inheritance at the End of the Old Regime
F. Elizabeth Hart, Independent Scholar
Some Early Modern Literary Legacies of Anne Boleyn

Past Events 2015 - 16

Cristelle Baskins, Tufts University
The Regina d’Algiero (1587): Image and Identity in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Kavita Mudan Finn, Independent Scholar
Twice-Told Tales: Approaches to Gender in Shakespeare’s Histories and Transformative Works
Touba Ghadessi, Wheaton College
Vexed Rulership: Ambiguous Valois Bodies (1494-1589)
Sarah Connell, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University
"What Stuff Are You Reading Here?": Encoding Intertextuality in Early Women’s Texts
Amy Rodgers, Mount Holyoke College
"She had no children, suppose she had": Childlessness in Early Modern England
Marika Knowles, Harvard University
The Death of Women: Painting and Book Illustration in Seventeenth-Century France

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
Sarah Wall-Randell, Wellesley College
Marlowe and the Sibyl’s Scattered Leaves
Alison More, Edinburgh University
Irregular and Extra-Regular: Fictive Histories and Penitential Disorder
Alysia Kolentsis, University of Waterloo
Cressida's Will: Volition and Desire in Troilus and Cressida

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?"