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

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Renaissance Society of America

Cato’s daughter; Brutus’ wife.  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