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Conference Sessions 2013

Modern Language Association Convention, Boston, 3-6 January 2013

Josephine A. Roberts Forum: "Gender and Literacies in Early Modern England"
Saturday, January 5, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Liberty A, Sheraton

Presiding: Elizabeth H. Hageman, University of New Hampshire, Durham and Jaime Goodrich, Wayne State University

  1. Katherine Kellett, Penn State University, "Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Casket Letters: Literacy, Promiscuity, and the Question of Female Authenticity in Sixteenth-Century England"
  2. Laura Estill, University of Victoria, "Women's Musical Literacy: 'Anne Twice, Her Booke'"
  3. Margaret J. M. Ezell, Texas A&M University, College Station, "The Letter of the Lord: Commonwealth and Restoration Sectarian Women and the False Professors"

Respondent: Margaret W. Ferguson, University of California, Davis

Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, 4-6 April 2013

Gender and Literacies
Thursday, April 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Sheraton Bay Tower, Upper Level - Point Loma A

Chair: Jamie Goodrich, Wayne State University

  1. Christopher Shirley, Northwestern University, "Reading and the Performance of Gender, ca. 1530: The Devonshire Manuscript"
  2. Maura Giles-Watson, University of San Diego, "Playing as Literate Practice: Script and Gender on the London Stages"
  3. Amy Froide, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, "Comparing Men's and Women's Financial Literacy during Britain's Financial Revolution, ca. 1680-1750"


Conference Sessions 2012

Modern Language Association Convention, Seattle, 5-8 January 2012

Josephine A. Roberts Forum: "Words and Music: How Elizabethans Knew the Psalms"
Friday, January 6, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Washington State Convention Center

Organizers: Margaret P. Hannay and Susan M. Felch
Presiding: Margaret P. Hannay, Sienna College

  1. Beth Quitslund, Ohio University, "The Holy Ghost, the People, and the Editor"
  2. Nicholas Temperley, University of Illinois, Urbana, "The Psalm Tunes: Spur or Drag?"

Respondent: Susan M. Felch, Calvin College


Renaissance Society of America, Washington D.C., 22-24 March 2012

Saints, Widows, and Husbands: The Uses of Women's Devotional Writing
Friday, March 23, 10:30-12:00 p.m., Grand Hyatt Conference Suite 11

Organizers:  Margaret P. Hannay and Susan M. Felch
Chair: Susan M. Felch

  1. Bárbara Mujica, Georgetown University,  “Guiding the Sisters: Ana de San Bartolomé's ‘Meditaciones sobre el camino de Cristo’"
  2. Victoria Burke, University of Ottawa,  "’The Widow's Mite’": Royalism and Religion in Anne Halkett's Biblical Meditations”
  3. Marie-Louise Coolahan, National University of Ireland, Galway, “Devotional Practice and the Posthumous Construction of Female Authorship”

Revisiting Traditional Practices in English Devotional Writing
Thursday, March 22, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Grand Hyatt Conference Suite 8

Organizers:  Margaret P. Hannay and Susan M. Felch
Chair: Margaret Hannay, Siena College

  1. Clare Costley King'oo, University of Connecticut, Storrs, “Imagining Hell in Early Modern Devotional Guides”
  2. Susan Felch, Calvin College, “Tracking the Social Imaginary in English Devotional Writing”
  3. Kate Narveson, Luther College, “Anne Venn's Erasure of Reading”


Medieval Congress, 10-13 May 2012

Early Modern Devotional Writing

Chair: Margaret Hannay, Sienna College

  1. "Patterns of Desire Amidst Religious and State Danger: The Poetics of Katherine Parr’s Prayers," Jeffrey Moser, University of Denver
  2.  "Public or Private?: Tensions in Protestant ars moriendi writing," Abram Steen, Crandall University
  3. "Writing into Joy: The Devotional Tracts and Personal Diary of Richard Rogers," James Lambert, University of Iowa


Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 25-28 October

Debating Devotion in Early Modern England
Saturday, October 27, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Hall of Mirrors Ballroom

Chair: Margaret P. Hannay

  1. Micheline White, Carleton University, "The Problem with John Knox: Anne Lock, the Duches of Suffolk, and the Politics of Devotional Writing in 1560"
  2. Hannibal Hamlin, Ohio State University, "Southwell and Herbert: Protestant Anxiety about Catholic Influence"
  3. Michelle Dowd, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, "Dorothy Calthorpe's Garden of Eden"

Comment: Susan M. Felch

Gender and Literacies in Early Modern England

SCSC 2013
October 24-27, 2013, Puerto Rico

Sponsor: Renaissance English Text Society
Organizers: Jaime Goodrich, Wayne State University and Elizabeth Hageman, University of New Hampshire
Chair: Susan Felch, Calvin College

  1. Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College, "Printing Elizabeth's Marguerite: A Retrospective on Representations of Female Literacy"
  2. Kate Narveson, Luther College, "Sharing Scriptures: a co-ed literacy?"
  3. Amy Froide, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, "Gender and Financial Literacy during Britain's Financial Revolution, c. 1680-1750"


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