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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—Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Scandinavian, and Spanish. 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 titles were published in the Chicago Series. This site lists all of the titles published in the Chicago Series; clicking on a cover image will direct readers to the University of Chicago Press website, where the title can be ordered online.

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, to publish a Toronto series of The Other Voice. 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 Editor, English Texts and assumed responsibility 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 titles 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). Toronto series numbering continues from the numbered titles published by Iter and the CRRS. As of 28 April 2016, volumes 36 through 47 have been published, three with the support of a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation grant awarded to Iter in November 2015. Five projects are in production and scheduled for release in 2016. This site lists all of the titles in the Toronto Series, both published and planned. When a book is published an image of its front cover and a link to purchase the book are added to the list.

The Toronto Series

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 connect users with ample material on women in culture and society:
Series resources:
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