2013 EMRC Conference

The 2013 EMRC Conference was held from 12th to 14th July. The forty-one panels ranged widely over early modern literature, history, and culture. One strand of the conference was devoted to 'Material histories of early modern women's writing'. In association with this strand, the all-female Rose Theatre Company, Lancaster gave a stricking performance of Lady Jane Lumley's Iphigenia at Aulis a translation of Euripides' tragedy which is the earliest surviving English dramatic text by a woman. Issues of performance were discussed in a panel following the play. The 'Early Modern Literature in History' series at Palgrave Macmillan celebrated the publication of its sixtieth title by sponsoring two panels that featured the work of recent authors. Professor Benjamin Kaplan (University College London) delivered a plenary lecture which explored practices of intermarriage and relationships between christian denominations in an area with complex borders between jurisdictions, using a microhistory of an unfortunate eighteenth-century couple from the Dutch village of Vaals. Professor Virginia Cox (New York University) gave a plenary which explored the transformations of Petrarchan lyric poetry by Italian women and men in the latter half of the sixteenth century, overturning a historiographical consensus that the vitality of the form declined after the Council of Trent, and demonstrating the innovation, quality, and abundance of women's poetry from this period. The reception of early modern women's writing was the topic of a number of panels. Sessions also explored the nature of books, their status as material objects, and the marks left by successive readers, both men and women. Other panels elaborated the theme of the relationships between denominations, with a panel on 'godly accommodation' in the 1640s and 1650s offering a persuasive revision of traditional narratives of religious division during the English civil wars and interregnum. The impact of religious division on political thought was discussed in a session which explored Irish, British and French political texts. Further sessions explored historical memory in local contexts, stressing the need to explore beyond national, state-sponsored memorialization, and discussing the memory and commemoration of reformation and civil war.  


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