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"He words me": Men Writing as Women in Early Modern England

April's Research Conversation

What can we learn about early modern women from publications by male writers using female narrative voices?

For the fourth edition of our series of Research Conversations exploring The Women Who Made Shakespeare, we welcome Dr Catherine Loomis who will be discussing her research into male writers using a female narrative voice.

Dr Catherine has collected over 300 poems and short prose pieces from c.1585 – 1615 in which male authors are writing in the first person as a women.

Her research raises several different questions. Can the experiences described be considered authentic to early modern women? Are some of these texts actually ‘by’ women? Why do male authors choose to write about these intimate details as if they had experienced them?

Led by Dr Catherine Loomis, University of Rochester, USA.

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This is a free online event and is part of part of our multi-year programme, celebrating The Women Who Made Shakespeare.

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About our Research Conversations
Every month we host a live online talk, via Zoom, which provides you with the opportunity to listen to people who are engaged in Shakespeare-related research. The talk begins with a thirty-minute presentation and followed by an open discussion.

All of our Research Conversations are completely free to attend, though we do encourage donations in order to support our work and keep Shakespeare's story alive. So if you are in the position to support us with a donation, no matter large or small, we would be incredibly grateful.

Listen back: If you were unable to attend our previous virtual Research Conversations, want a recap, or completely new to it and want to see what it's all about, you can catch up on our audio recordings .

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