Conversions is the first collection to explicitly address the intersections between sexed identity and religious change in the two centuries following the Reformation. Chapters deal with topics as diverse as convent architecture and missionary enterprise, the replicability of print and the representation of race.
Bringing together leading scholars of literature, history and art history, Conversions offers new insights into the varied experiences of, and responses to, conversion across and beyond Europe. A lively Afterword by Professor Matthew Dimmock (University of Sussex) drives home the contemporary urgency of these themes and the lasting legacies of the Reformations.
Of interest to scholars of early modern history, literature, and architectural history, this collection will appeal to anyone interested in the vexed history of religious change, and the transformations of both masculine and feminine identity. -- .
Simon Ditchfield is Professor of History at the University of York Helen Smith is Director of the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Reader in Renaissance Literature at the University of York -- .
Notes on contributors Introduction - Simon Ditchfield and Helen Smith Part I: Gendering conversion 1 To piety or conversion more prone? Gender and conversion in the early modern Mediterranean - Eric Dursteler 2 The quiet conversion of a 'Jewish' woman in eighteenthcentury Spain - David Graizbord 3 'A father to the soul and a son to the body': gender and generation in Robert Southwell's Epistle to his father - Hannah Crawforth 4 Gender and reproduction in the Spirituall experiences - Abigail Shinn Part II: Material conversions 5 'The needle may convert more than the pen': women and the work of conversion in early modern England - Claire Canavan and Helen Smith 6 Uneven conversions: how did laywomen become nuns in the early modern world?- Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt 7 Domus humilis: the conversion of Venetian convent architecture and identity - Saundra Weddle 8 Converting the soundscape of women's rituals, 1470-1560: purification, candles, and the Inviolata as music for churching - Jane D. Hatter Part III: Travel, race, and conversion 9 Narrating women's Catholic conversions in seventeenthcentury Vietnam - Keith P. Luria 10 'I wish to be no other but as he': Persia, masculinity, and conversion in early seventeenth-century travel writing and drama - Chloe Houston 11 Turning tricks: erotic commodification, cross-cultural conversion, and the bed-trick on the English stage, 1580-1630 - Daniel Vitkus 12 Whatever happened to Dinah the Black? And other questions about gender, race, and the visibility of Protestant saints - Kathleen Lynch Afterword - Matthew Dimmock -- .