2015 Dissertation Seminar for Literary Scholars | Newberry

2015 Dissertation Seminar for Literary Scholars

Lady Mary Wroth, Vrania, c. 1621. Newberry Case MS f. Y 1565 .W95.

Lady Mary Wroth, Vrania, c. 1621. Newberry Case MS f. Y 1565 .W95.

Friday, September 18, 2015Friday, December 11, 2015

2 - 5 pm on four Fridays, September 18, October 23. November 20, and December 11.

Room 101

Lisa A. Freeman and Mary Beth Rose
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs

This seminar aims to create a broad-based community of graduate students at the beginning stages of work on their dissertations in early modern literature, c.1500 to 1800. The goal of the seminar will be to offer comments, perspectives, methods, and criticisms from a larger group of specialists than would be available on any single campus, and to encourage broader and deeper use of the unique resources of the Newberry Library and the Center for Renaissance Studies.


Discussions will focus on approaches to research and argument, with an eye to helping new Ph.D. candidates articulate the larger intellectual, historical, and theoretical significance of their particular research projects.


Learn more about the seminar directors:


Lisa A. Freeman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Character’s Theater: Genre and Identity on the Eighteenth-Century English Stage, as well as the editor of the Sarah Siddons volume of the Pickering and Chatto Lives of Shakespearean Actors series. She is currently working on a study entitled, Antitheatricality and the Body Public: From the Renaissance to the NEA.


Mary Beth Rose is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of The Expense of Spirit: Love and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama and Gender and Heroism in Early Modern English Literature. Formerly the director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and the Humanities Institute at UIC, she was the editor of the annual publication Renaissance Drama for ten years. She also edited the essay collection Women in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and co-edited Elizabeth I: Collected Works, with Leah Marcus and Janel Mueller. She is currently working on a study titled The Mother Plot: Maternal Authority and Literary Form.


Eligibility: Students working on topics in any European linguistic tradition within the competence of the instructors, between roughly 1500 and 1800, may apply, but we expect English and comparative literature to be most represented. The seminar will be limited to twelve participants who have passed all examinations and achieved ABD status by the time of the seminar. Applicants should be near the beginning rather than the end of their dissertation research.


Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

Cost and Registration Information 

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