Romance Languages and Literatures

Conference: Querelle des Femmes (day 1)

WhenApril 21, 2017 01:45 PM - 06:00 PM
WhereCenters for Gender/Race Studies, Community Room (105)
Event Website
Contact InformationFrance Chicago Center
DescriptionThis conference will examine feminist and gender thought as manifested across historical, linguistic, cultural, political, and disciplinary boundaries. As our historical point of departure, we will explore the medieval roots of the so-called Querelle des femmes, or Quarrel about/among women, often situated in the seventeenth century, but with clear antecedents in both legal and literary medieval and early modern texts. There is little agreement among scholars concerning the Querelle’s boundaries: Who were the participants? What texts belong to it? When and why did it begin and end (if indeed it has ended)? The conference will also interrogate modern and contemporary feminist and gender theory, with a comparative focus on French and Anglo-American approaches and paradigms.

1:45 p.m. Welcome

2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Panel 1: Law, Literature, and Gender

Mary Anne Case (University of Chicago), “Showing that ‘Femme est a L’omme pareille’ or The Role of Sex Stereotypes and of the Law in the ‘Gender’ Wars.”

Annabel Kim (Harvard University), “The Literary is Political: Monique Wittig’s Les Guérillères, a rewriting of La Cité des dames.”

Respondent: Françoise Meltzer (University of Chicago)

3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Panel 2: Renaissance/Early Modern Debates

Anne Duggan (Wayne State University), “The Querelle des femmes and Nicolas Boileau’s “Satire X”: Going beyond Perrault.”

Esther van Dyke (University of Chicago), “The Freedom of Refusal: The Role of Angélique Arnauld and Jaqueline Pascal in the Jansenist Controversy.”

Scott Francis (University of Pennsylvania), “Marguerite de Navarre and the Indifference of Clothing: The Querelle des femmes meets Christian Liberty.”

Respondent: Ellen McClure (University of Illinois at Chicago)

6:00 p.m. Reception
CategoriesConferences/Lectures, Conferences, Discussions
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