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The Other Voice

in Early Modern Europe


In early modern Europe (about 1400 to about 1700), women began to write and sometimes publish in their native languages, and their writing established the presence of female voices for the first time in world history. They wrote in many genres (dialogues, essays, letters, plays, poems, treatises) and in their native languages—Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian. At the same time, they pressed for a wider recognition of women’s intellectual and moral capacities, a campaign in which they were joined by a few male advocates and defenders.

The series “The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe,” Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil, Jr., founding co-editors, established itself at the University of Chicago Press where, between 1996 and 2010, 60 volumes were published in the Chicago Series. As the title list for the Chicago Series reached its end, the co-editors entered into a co-publishing arrangement with Iter Academic Press, Toronto, Ontario, and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS), Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Funding awarded to Iter and the CRRS by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation was instrumental in establishing the Series in Toronto. The title list for the Toronto Series began to take shape; Elizabeth H. Hageman was appointed as third co-editor, responsible for developing the English texts portion of the list. The first Iter-CRRS publication in the Toronto Series appeared in late 2009, and by the end of 2014, 35 volumes had been published.

In January 2015 the series co-editors entered into a new co-publishing arrangement, to publish the Toronto Series with Iter Academic Press and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS). Currently, the title list for the Toronto Series stands at 128 titles, with 12 titles at various stages in production.

This website lists all of the titles in both series. As books are published their cover images are added; clicking on a cover image makes possible the ordering of the corresponding book.

The bibliography on early modern women that previously appeared here has now been superseded by two online resources specializing in Renaissance topics. Simple searches will bring users to ample material on women in culture and society:
Series resources:
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To Purchase volumes in the Chicago Series:  
See all books in the series: Chicago

To Purchase volumes in the Toronto Series: contact Iter Academic Press.
See all books in the series: Toronto


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