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Friends of the Lehigh Libraries: Nuns and Literature of Religious Controversy in Reformation England
Start Date: 11/28/2012Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 11/28/2012End Time: 5:30 PM
Event Description
In 1622, a man named Thomas Robinson wrote a scandalous expose detailing the many (alleged) sins of an English convent on the continent. The Anatomy of the English Nunnery at Lisbon was a sensation: reprinted throughout the seventeenth century, Robinson's book was an immediate hit with his contemporaries. The dissolution of the monasteries had not, in other words, concluded the history of English monasticism or quelled suspicions that monks and nuns were up to no good behind the walls of their enclosures.
By the early seventeenth century, multiple English religious houses had been newly founded or reestablished in exile, and female monasticism held a particular fascination for Protestant writers of anti-Catholic satire. But what effect could enclosed and geographically distant Catholic women have on the religious, political, and cultural life of early modern England?
This talk will take Robinson's pamphlet as a starting point for an exploration of the astonishing textual interventions of post-Reformation English nuns. What did they write? How did they write it? And what might their manuscripts and books reveal about the relationship between religious politics and imaginative literature?
Location Information:
On-Campus - Linderman Library  (View Map)
30 Library Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Room: Scheler Humanities Forum 200
Contact Information:
Name: Terry McGinley
Phone: 610-758-3039
Other Event Details:
Event Speaker: Jenna Lay studies early modern English literature. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2009, held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, and arrived at Lehigh in 2010.

Professor Lay is currently working on her first book, entitled Beyond the Cloister: Catholic Englishwomen and Early Modern Book Culture.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries. This event is free and open to the public.

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