A Workshop on Pedagogy and Research

Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Friday, May 3, 1991 to Saturday, May 4, 1991

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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