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A Woman Well Reputed? Porcia/Portia from Antiquity to Renaissance

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 23, 2016

This panel will consider the figure of Porcia in the Renaissance, where she is to be found in a wide range of cultures and genres. From the earliest accounts, Porcia has been something of a a paradox: heroic and vulnerable; the masculine soul who is also the devoted wife. No woman in history can have passed into legend more closely defined by her menfolk; let’s give her some room of her own. Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • National traditions (eg. Spanish lyrical Porcias; French tragic Porcias)
  • Exemplary Porcias
  • Porcia in the visual arts
  • Female suicide: strength or weakness?
  • Gender transgression
  • Classical traditions and subversions
  • Shakespeare, sources and successors

Please send proposals (max. 150 words) to Julia Griffin [jgriffin@georgiasouthern.edu] by 1st June 2016.

Tags:  death  early modern women  gender  suicide  transnational literatures 

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