Conference on Changing Perspectives on Women in the Renaissance

Friday, May 20, 1983Sunday, August 21, 1983
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Early Modern Studies Program

Organized by Mary Beth Rose, Center for Renaissance Studies (now at University of Illinois at Chicago)

Friday, May 20

Session 1

Autobiography of a New “Creatur”: Spirituality, Self-Discovery, and Authorship in The Book of Margery Kempe, 1438
Janel M. Mueller, University of Chicago

Annihilating Intimacy in Coriolanus
Madelon Gohlke, University of Minnesota

New Choice for Hercules: Changing Perspectives on Women in Sixteenth-Century English Poetry
Robert Kimbrough, University of Wisconsin-Madison (now emeritus)

Queens and Claimants: Political Insecurity in Sixteenth-Century England
Carole Levin, University of Iowa (now at University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Commentator: Mary Beth Rose, Center for Renaissance Studies (now at University of Illinois at Chicago)

Mary Springfels, Musician-in-Residence. Newberry Library, and Director of the Collegium Musicum, University of Chicago, played a short piece for unaccompanied viol to conclude the session.

Saturday, May 21

Session 2. Workshop: Renaissance Women of Letters

Chair: Susan Noakes, University of Kansas (now at University of Minnesota)

The Countess of Pembroke’s Patronage
Mary Lamb, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Women Authors in the Renaissance: Problems and Solutions
Tilde Sankovitch, Northwestern University

Italian Sixteenth-Century Convent Theater
Elissa Weaver, University of Chicago (now emerita)

New Research on Francesca Caccini
John Hill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christine de Pisan as a Feminist Literary Critic
Mary Springfels, Newberry Library and University of Chicago

Session 3. Workshop: How Free Were Women in the Renaissance?

Chair: Merry Wiesner, Augustana College (now at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Female Sanctity and Society: ca. 500-1100
Jane Schulenburg, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Women in the Religious Life in Thirteenth-Century Florence
Carol Lansing, University of Michigan (now at University of California, Santa Barbara)

Women and the Mediterranean Inquisitions
William Monter, Northwestern University

Female Freedom and the Canon Law
James A. Brundage, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (now professor emeritus, University of Kansas)

What Kinds of Freedom for Shakespeare’s Women?
Carol T. Neely, Illinois State University (now professor emerita, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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