Proposals are invited for presentations on early modern women as writers and creators of objects, texts, and artifacts, such as glass engravings, paper cuttings, calligraphy, decorated letters, and alba amicorum. Those who explore texts should take into account the materiality of the textual object; conversely, those who look at aesthetic objects should investigate their textuality. Questions to be addressed may include the following: how did pastime offer opportunities for women to express themselves as authors and artists? Under what circumstances did pastime cross the boundaries between amateurism and professionalism? How are objects made as paid labor different from those made as products of leisure time? How did textual and non-textual objects made by women function as gifts, to announce social status, or to enhance networks? How does the materiality of objects and texts relate to their purpose or content?
Papers that cross disciplinary and/or national boundaries are especially welcome.
Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in your proposal: name and affiliation, paper title (max. 15 words), abstract (max. 150 words), and a brief CV (max. 300 words; in ordinary CV format).
Email proposals as soon as possible, but no later than May 20, 2016.
This session will be sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Martine van Elk
Professor of English
California State University, Long Beach
Department of English