CONTESTATION AND RENEWAL IN EARLY MODERN STUDIES:
A CONFERENCE IN HONOR OF PHYLLIS RACKIN
Saturday, April 6, 2002
University of Pennsylvania
After forty years of teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor
Phyllis Rackin will be retiring at the end of the 2001-2 year. The
University of Pennsylvania is sponsoring a conference to honor her on this
A former president of the Shakespeare Association of America, Professor
Rackin has written such influential books as _Stages of History:
Shakespeare's English Chronicles_ and _Engendering a Nation: A Feminist
Account of Shakespeare's English Histories_ (with Jean Howard), and has
published numerous important articles in journals such as _PMLA_ and
_Shakespeare Quarterly_. Over the years she has made a lasting impact on
the lives of thousands of students, and her insightful scholarship, love
of teaching, and personal warmth will be remembered for generations to
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM -- Registration and Breakfast
10:00 AM -- Opening Remarks
Jean Howard (University of Pennsylvania)
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM -- Session 1: Sexual Differences
Chair: Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania)
Julie Crawford (Columbia University), "Ladies' Cabinets"
Will Fisher (Lehman College, CUNY), "'That Codpiece Ago':
Codpieces and Masculinity in Early Modern England"
Valerie Traub (University of Michigan), "The Joys of Martha
11:30 PM - 12:30 PM -- Plenary Session
Lena Cowen Orlin (University of Maryland, Baltimore County and
Shakespeare Association of America), "Making Space for Women in
History: The Case of Alice Barnham"
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM -- Lunch
Speaker: Rebecca Bushnell (University of Pennsylvania)
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM -- Session 2: Racial Histories
Chair: Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania)
Rebecca Ann Bach (University of Alabama at Birmingham),
"Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Othello: Race and Emerging
Kim Hall (Fordham University), "Race and Geography in the Early
Rachana Sachdev (Susquehanna University), "Circumcising Turks"
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM -- Session 3: Performing Gender
Chair: Cary Mazer (University of Pennsylvania)
Peter Parolin (University of Wyoming), "Cooks, Books, and Bodies:
Preparing Food, Producing Gender on Early Modern Stages"
Sarah Werner (George Mason University), "Arming Cordelia"
Barbara Hodgdon (Drake University), "The RSC's 'Long Sonata of
the Dead': Shakespeare-History and Imagined Community"
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM -- Session 4: Women Writing
Chair: Sean Keilen (University of Pennsylvania)
Gwynne Kennedy (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), "Writing
Women's Anger and Revenge"
Lisa A. Freeman (University of Illinois at Chicago), "The Woman
Writer as Public Paradox"
Wendy Wall (Northwestern University), "Household 'Writing,' or
the Joys of Carving"
6:15 PM -- Closing Remarks
David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania)
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM -- Reception
The conference will take place on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
The registration fee is $10 and includes a continental breakfast, a
box lunch, and the evening reception. To register, please send your name,
e-mail address, and institutional affiliation (if any) to:
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The registration fee will be payable at the door. Please register in
advance to guarantee that a lunch will be available for you. The
registration table will be located in the Schneidman Lobby of Logan
Hall. All paper sessions will take place in Room 17, Logan Hall. Lunch
will be served in the Hall of Flags in Houston Hall, and the evening
reception will be in the Rosenwald Gallery on the sixth floor of Van Pelt
If you do not have access to e-mail, you may register by sending your
name, phone number, and institutional affiliation to:
c/o Erika Lin
119 Bennett Hall
Department of English
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6273
More information about the conference can be found at:
This conference is sponsored by the Department of English, the
Medieval-Renaissance Discussion Group, the School of Arts and Sciences,
the Provost's Office, the University of Pennsylvania Library, the
Women's Studies Program, the Comparative Literature and Theory Program,
and the General Honors Program.