Early Modern Women Writers and Genre, RSA Conference, Venice, April 8-10, 2010

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Martine Van Elk
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This panel explores the choices early modern women writers made among literary forms. How do women's artistic choices respond to and seek to change the cultural climate in which they worked? How did the book market and manuscript circulation relate to female artistic output? How did literary contacts and influence affect women's generic choices? And once women decided to work within specific genres, how did they transform those genres? How does work in literary genres relate to other female artistic output such as painting, embroidery, paper cutting, and glass engraving?

Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches are welcome.

Please e-mail an abstract and a brief CV to Martine van Elk at mvanelk@csulb.edu by May 2, 2009.

This session will be sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at California State University, Long Beach.