Call for Submissions for the collection:
Reforming Inspirations: Women during the English Reformations
Call for Papers Date:
Accepting Christopher Haigh’s concept of English reformations, this collection of essays will offer scholarship focused on women’s creative undoings and reimaginings during the period of religious reformations in England between 1534 and 1829. The collection will explore the inspiration for women’s actions during this period of reformations whether those actions were for the conservative or evangelical cause. The aim of this collection is to expose the consequences and the contradictions inherent in reimagining religious boundaries which cannot but manifest internally in the individual while simultaneously doing so externally in a society’s political and social structures.
Although much groundbreaking scholarly work by such notable scholars as A.G. Dickens, Christopher Haigh, Eamon Duffy, and Diarmaid MacCulloch has debated the extent of the conservative resistance and/or evangelical progress during the period, it has largely grounded its arguments in the writings of early modern men of varying cultural significance. More recent work has begun to explore the critical roles that women played in the centuries of reform in England. Because of the availability of documentary and other material evidence on women of rank, such as Anne Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon, Katherine Willoughby, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, these have been the focus of most contemporary scholarship. The lack of availability of material evidence for women of less exalted status has, naturally enough, produced fewer studies of such women though we know of some of the more notorious ones - Elizabeth Barton, the Holy Maid of Kent, and Margaret Clitheroe, the butcher’s wife. Reforming Inspirations: Women during the English Reformations will offer essays exploring the ways in which English women of various backgrounds, openly or covertly, engaged the struggle to “erase, undo, remake, or re-imagine” a particular English religious identity.
The deadline for completed articles of approximately 5000 words in Chicago style with endnotes is 1 May 2012.NB Please send submissions and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
NB Please do not embed Notes in your essay’s .docx file. Instead, submit two separate files connected by name, i.e. 1) the Article text file, e.g. chappell.reform.docx and 2) the Notes file, e.g. chappell.reform.notes.docx
Julie A. Chappell, Ph.D.
GRANT 312 Box T-0300
Tarleton State University
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