April 7, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Clayman faculty talks may be in-person events at Attneave House, over Zoom, or hybrid events. Details will be provided in Faculty Affiliates emails prior to each event.
Elaine Treharne : "Premodern women writers. Where are they?"
This talk will highlight Professor Treharne's project ‘Reinscribing Women Writers, 500-1500’, which seeks to discover why only 1% of scribal activity in the medieval period is attributed to women and to correct this misapprehension. Women writers are notoriously difficult to identify, since most writing was undertaken anonymously, but there are sources which provide important evidence for women's literacy and engagement in textual production. Moreover, using digital tools, it is likely that we can provide diagnostic features of women’s writing that may become an essential automated method for future research, putting women firmly at the center of book manufacturing.
Elaine Treharne is Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities.