Wednesday: Renaissance Reading Group

The last termly meeting of the Exeter  Renaissance Reading group will take place on Wednesday 27th May at 4pm in the Queen’s SCR. We will be reading some of the writings of Mary Sidney and Mary Wroth in the Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse:

Sidney – ‘To Queen Elizabeth,’ ‘Quid gloriaris?’ ‘Misericordias’ and ‘Voce mea ad Dominum’

Wroth – sonnets 23, 34, and ‘A Crown of Sonnets’ selection, all from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.

Some things to think about might be: female literary genealogies, ideas of a female canon, how/if these writings present different views of the period to their male counterparts and divergences between women writers (e.g. class). Feel free to read works by other ‘women writers’ (e.g. Aemilia Lanyer, Aphra Behn, Katherine Philips etc) to supplement discussions. The organizers promise faithfully that the reading group will be back up and running regularly next year!


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