Elizabeth I, Recalcitrant Wives, and Domestic Discord: Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2015
This panel will consider Elizabeth and her ruling strategies in relation to the issues embedded in the domestic structures in early modern England. In the ideal marriage extolled in contemporary conduct literature, a wife should exhibit obedience and subjection, but the recurrence of "shrewd" and "froward" women in popular texts of the period indicates that the spectacle of assertive female subjectivity was both present and inconvenient. As the reign of Elizabeth I drew to a close, the figure of the recalcitrant wife attracted increasing attention. We invite papers exploring the ways Elizabeth's queenship related to and shaped the use and abuse of domestic authority in prose, poetry, and drama.
This session is sponsored by Queen Elizabeth I Society.
Please email the abstracts (300 words or less) to Anna Riehl Bertolet, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than September 15, 2014.