Revealing Women: Women in the Archive

March 22, 2008

This page serves as a record of "Revealing Women," a colloquium on archival research on women's writing in celebration of the start of the WWP’s 20th year. This event was co-sponsored by the Women Writers Project and the Sarah Doyle Women's Center with generous support from the Cogut Center for the Humanities. It brought together a group of speakers and discussants to consider how the study and teaching of early modern women has been shaped over the past 20 years by archival materials, and how the archive itself—its physical presence, its medium, and our theories about it—has been shaped in the process. These discussions helped initiate a longer conversation about new research directions for the WWP in supporting the study of early modern women.

For those who were unable to attend, we have created a brief summary of the presentations and discussion.


8:30 Coffee

9:00 Welcome

9:15 Plenary presentation
Tara Nummedal (Brown University): "The Work of Gender and the Gender of Work in Early Modern Alchemy."

10:30 Morning roundtable discussion: Researching Women in the Archives

Panel moderator: Elizabeth H. Hageman (University of New Hampshire)


  • Ilona Bell (Williams College): "Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus"
  • Noelle Baker (independent scholar), "Mary Moody Emerson, the Archives, and Public Spaces"
  • Jaime Goodrich (Boston College): "Entering the Cloister: Researching in Monastic Archives"

12:00 Lunch provided by Deli on the Square

1:30 Afternoon roundtable discussion: Teaching with the Digital Archive

Panel Moderator: Hillary Nunn (University of Akron).


  • Hillary Nunn (University of Akron), "Digital Backlash? : Computers in the Early Modern Survey Course"
  • Gail Cohee, (Brown University) "Teaching Women Writers without Gloss"
  • Jacqueline Wernimont (Brown University), "Context and limit: Early Modern texts in the classroom"

3:00 Short tea break

Discussion: Setting an agenda for digital archives in the 21st century

4:30 Reception