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A Workshop on Pedagogy and Research

Miniature of Saint Margaret, Book of Hours, Use of Salisbury, 1455. Newberry Case MS 35.

Miniature of Saint Margaret, Book of Hours, Use of Salisbury, 1455.

Friday, May 3, 1991Saturday, May 4, 1991
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Medieval Studies Program
Early Modern Studies Program

Women and Gender in the Middle Ages and Renaissance


This workshop highlighted the distribution of materials and the challenges of pedagogy in a new field that crosses traditional national and subject boundaries in medieval and Renaissance studies. Four interdisciplinary panels focused on disseminating in the classroom the results of new research on women and gender and on defining future directions for the field.


Supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Friday, May 3


Welcome and introduction


Richard Brown, The Newberry Library
Mary Beth Rose, Center for Renaissance Studies (now at University of Illinois at Chicago)
Peggy McCracken, Center for Renaissance Studies (now at University of Michigan)


Session 1: Women, Gender, and Religion


Chair: Janel M. Mueller, University of Chicago


Female Mystics: Hysterics, Criminals, or Models for a Female Spirituality?
Marie-Florine Bruneau, University of Southern California (now emerita)


Prophets and Visionaries in Seventeenth-Century England
Phyllis Mack, Rutgers University


Medieval Religious Women and the Issues of Gender: Current Research on Collaboration, Conflict, and Women’s Communities: 12th-15th Centuries
Mary Martin McLaughlin


Women, Spirituality, and the Study of Medieval Christianity
E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania


Saturday, May 4


Session 2: Gender and Structures of Authority


Chair: Judith Kegan Gardiner, University of Illinois at Chicago


Gender and Class Structures in Early Modern England
Jean Howard, Columbia University


Seeing Through Jane Eyre: Interpreting the Female Subject and Feminine Authority in Renaissance Europe
Constance Jordan, Claremont Graduate School (now emerita)


The Ungendered Man
Jo Ann McNamara, Hunter College


Monitoring Applied Ideas in the Middle Ages
Susan Mosher Stuard, Haverford College (now emerita)


Session 3: Excavating Texts


Chair: Peggy McCracken, Center for Renaissance Studies (now at University of Michigan)


Marguerite de Navarre: Archives in the Fiction
Carla Freccero, Dartmouth College (now at University of California, Santa Cruz)


The Importance of Anachronism: Philology and the History of Italian State Archives
Stephanie Jed, University of California, San Diego


Court Politics and Reconstructing the Text of Urania
Josephine Roberts, Louisiana State University


Travels to a Lost Continent: Exploring Italian Convent Life and Culture, 1500-1700
Elissa Weaver, University of Chicago


Recovering Early Women Writers Once (More) and for All
Susanne Woods, Franklin and Marshall College (now at University of Miami)


Session 4: Teaching Women/Teaching Gender


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


Interruption, Reconstellation, and Limitation: Subaltern Pedagogies in Teaching Gender and Medieval History
Kathleen Biddick, University of Notre Dame


The Politics of Feminist Historicism: Problems of Reading, Writing, and Teaching
Linda Lomperis, University of California, Santa Cruz


Teaching Women Writers of the Renaissance
Janet Levarie Smarr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (now at University of California, San Diego)


Teaching Women’s Lyric: Locating the Female Voice in a Male-Dominated Discourse
Nancy Vickers, University of Southern California (now emerita from Bryn Mawr College)


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