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Teaching Other Voices

Women and Religion in Early Modern Europe

The books in The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe series chronicle the heretofore neglected stories of women between 1400 and 1700 with the aim of reviving scholarly interest in their thought as expressed in a full range of genres: treatises, orations, and history; lyric, epic, and dramatic poetry; novels and novellas; letters, biography, and autobiography; philosophy and science. Teaching Other Voices: Women and Religion in Early Modern Europe complements these rich volumes by identifying themes useful in literature, history, religion, women’s studies, and introductory humanities courses. The volume’s introduction, essays, and suggested course materials are intended as guides for teachers--but will serve the needs of students and scholars as well.

208 pages | 4 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2007

History: European History

Religion: Christianity

Women's Studies


"Undoubtedly this volume will aid anyone looking to engage students in early modern studies. . . . The essays present the religious, historical, and literary contexts for the texts and figures discussed, and describe how female figures and their texts can be used in diverse ways. Most valuable to readers will be the pedagogical insights and teaching methods put forth, as they are logical, creative, and student-centered."

Victoria L. Mondelli | Renaissance Quarterly

"Essentially a ’how to’ text, the book functions as a step-by-step guide to teaching the written records of early modern women’s religious experience to undergraduate and graduate students. . . . [The text] provides an intellectually rich basis upon which numerous courses can be developed and countless themes explored. Inclusions of particular interest to instructors are the outline of suggested courses and pedagogy modules developed from the essays included in the text. . . . Teaching Other Voices . . . should be standard reading for anyone studying the social and religious history of early modern Europe. . . . Without exception, the essays included in the text deal with ’real life’ issues of teaching outside the standard narrative of European history. Not only are the individual discussions well organized and edited, but the supplementary information--teaching rubrics, study questions, classroom anecdotes--is invaluable."

Heather Sexton Graham | Comitatus

"Nuns, saints and failed saints, reformed and reforming women will find their vopice in classrooms thanks to this useful volume for professors. . . . The majority of the essays are intriguing and inspiring in their examination of the pedagogical possibilities of the texts in question. . . . This volume will prove valuable for anyone wishing to incorporate a variety of early modern religious texts by European women into an undergraduate course."

Jolene Vos-Camy | Women in French Studies

Table of Contents

Women and Religion in Early Modern Europe: The Historical Context
Courses and Modules
I Italian Holy Women of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
Teaching Women’s Devotion in Medieval and Early Modern Italy, by Lance Lazar
Reading Sister Bartolomea, by Daniel Bornstein
II Elite Women of the High Renaissance
Teaching Tornabuoni’s Troublesome Women, by Jane Tylus
Antonia Pulci (ca. 1452–1501), the First Published Woman Playwright, by Elissa Weaver
Vittoria Colonna, Sonnets for Michelangelo, by Abigail Brundin
Marguerite de Navarre: Religious Reformist, by Rouben Cholakian
III Women and the Reformation
Marie Dentière: An Outspoken Reformer Enters the French Literary Canon, by Mary McKinley
Reading Jeanne de Jussie’s Short Chronicle with First-Year Students, by Carrie F. Klaus
Teaching Katharina Schütz Zell (1498–1562), by Elsie McKee
IV Holy Women in the Age of the Inquisition
Francisca de los Apóstoles: A Visionary Speaks, by Gillian Ahlgren
“Mute Tongues Beget Understanding”: Recovering the Voice of María de San José, by Alison Weber
Cecilia Ferrazzi and the Pursuit of Sanctity in the Early Modern World, by Elizabeth Horodowich
V Post-Reformation Currents
Convent and Doctrine: Teaching Jacqueline Pascal, by John J. Conley, SJ
Johanna Eleonora Petersen (1644–1724): Pietism and Women’s Autobiography in Seventeenth-Century Germany, by Barbara Becker-Cantarino

Appendix: Approaches to Teaching Presented in the Volume’s Essays


Society for the Study of Early Modern Women: EMW-Translation and Teaching Edition Award
Honorable Mention

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women - Teaching Edition
Honorable Mention

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