Book Launch - Authorizing Early Modern European Women

dinsdag 18 januari 2022 - 17:00

Authorizing Early Modern European Women; Facebook cover

Join us to celebrate the launch of 'Authorizing Early Modern European Women'. This launch is for attendees based in Europe and North America.

Date and time

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

  • 16:00 - 17:30 GMT
  • 17:00 – 18:30 CET


Professor Lisa Hopkins, who is Head of Research Degrees in the Social and Economic Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University, will give a brief set of remarks about the volume.

Professor Sara Jayne Steen will then direct questions from the audience.

About the book

The essays in Authorizing Early Modern European Women: From Biography to Biofiction analyze strategies adopted by contemporary novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, and biographers interested in bringing the stories of early modern women to modern audiences. It also pays attention to the historical women creators themselves, who, be they saints or midwives, visual artists or poets and playwrights, stand out for their roles as active practitioners of their own arts and for their accomplishments as creators. Whether they delivered infants or governed as monarchs, or produced embroideries, letters, paintings or poems, their visions, the authors argue, have endured across the centuries. As the title of the volume suggests, the essays gathered here participate in a wider conversation about the relation between biography, historical fiction, and the growing field of biofiction (that is, contemporary fictionalizations of historical figures), and explore the complicated interconnections between celebrating early modern women and perpetuating popular stereotypes about them.


Registration (free) is required for this event: A Zoom link will be sent to attendees before the event starts. Attendees will also receive a 40% discount code for the book.