CFP: [Renaissance] CFP: Reconsidering Early Modern Women's Chastity, Silence, and Obedience (9/15/07; NEMLA 08)

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Jessica C. Murphy

Call For Papers
"Reconsidering Early Modern Women's Chastity, Silence, and Obedience"
39th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, New York

Twenty-five years after the publication of Suzanne Hull's influential
book, _Chaste, Silent, and Obedient: English Books for Women,
1475-1640_, this panel proposes to interrogate the critical legacy of
this triad of early modern feminine virtues. In the burgeoning field
of early modern gender studies, this three-part summary of
patriarchal oppression has become a critical byword, and many critics
have argued that each of the three terms were ideologically

But were these three virtues stable categories? Were they as
universally accepted as early modern conduct writers (and many modern
critics) would have us believe? How is chastity more than a simple
absence? What epistemological and representational challenges did
early modern writers face when trying to describe its "absent
presence?" Similarly, can the verbal absence of silence "speak" or
signify in uniquely gendered ways? Does it ever communicate
*un*chastity and *dis*obedience as Christina Luckyj argues in her
recent book? Is female obedience ever not passive? Do women writers
or female characters ever define nontraditional authorities to obey?
Did silence, chastity, and obedience affect women's identity
differently depending on class? Were these virtues represented
differently depending on the genre of a work or the century in which
it was written?

This panel invites papers that investigate literary and cultural
negotiations of any or all of these virtues by women writers or in
representations of female characters before 1800.

Please email 250 word abstracts to Jessica C. Murphy at by September 15, 2007.

Please include with your abstract:

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Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA
panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention
participants may present at a paper session panel and also present at
a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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