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Julie Crawford

Towards a New History of Early Modern Women’s Reading

Monday, March 4, 2013, 5:30pm

University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

The Renaissance Studies Program
“Individuals, Groups, and the Constitution of Renaissance Societies” Series
Presents a lecture by


Towards a New History of Early Modern Women’s Reading

5:30 pm, Monday, March 4, 2013
University Club, downstairs
Indiana Memorial Union

Taking as case studies the manuscript diaries of Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676) and Lady Margaret Hoby (1571-1633), both of which provide extensive records of women’s reading, this talk revisits some long held assumption about the nature and purposes of women’s reading and of the use of books more generally. In particular, it argues that women, like men, read “for action,” not merely for leisure or ornament.

Julie Crawford is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

This lecture is made possible through the support of the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English and the Department of Gender Studies. There will be coffee, tea and light refreshments.