A Symposium
November 6-8, 1997

The Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies and participating departments in the College of Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland, with the aid of a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, present

The study of early modern women raises crucial interdisciplinary issues:

  • How were notions of the female self shaped through gendering the body? In what ways did views of women's physiology influence these constructions and interact with notions of maleness and patriarchy?
  • How did legal codes reflect or shape gender beliefs? What crimes and legal procedures were gendered "female"? How did women's legal rights differ from men's?
  • Where, when, and why did early modern women travel? What values and stereotypes survived their travel to a new world, and what new ones emerged? How were other cultures affected by female travelers? What imaginary worlds did women create? How did these replicate or diverge from those made by men, and from the "real" world?
  • In teaching, how do we continue to explore the entangled differences of gender, race, sexuality, class, region, and religion? How can students' varied backgrounds help them to learn about women so removed from them? In what ways can new technologies assist us?
  • This symposium extends the work of two earlier conferences sponsored by the Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies in 1990 and 1994 by expanding the geographical range and focusing on diversity and comparative explorations. Plenary sessions will be followed by related workshops designed to encourage discussion.
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