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Marie-Louise Coolahan

The Reception of Women’s ‘Lost’ Texts


This paper will approach the question of the transnational reception of early modern women’s texts by exploring what happens to texts that are received, but whose original is apparently lost. It will take three examples:

In all three cases, the original texts do not survive; but we have ample evidence of their contemporary reception and recycling. This paper will explore how and why the now-lost originals were transmitted, received, recycled and re-used. It will show that religious communities are particularly rich in transnational reception networks, female and male, in the early modern period. In the case of Fitzgerald, it is the resonant fear of religious war that determines the topicality and transmission of her gendered letters.

AsK, September 2012

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