Laurence Lux-Sterritt is a Lecturer of Early Modern English History in the Department of English Studies at Aix-Marseille Université, France, and is affiliated to the LERMA (Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone). She obtained her PhD in History at the University of Lancaster, UK, in 2001. Her monograph, Redefining Female Religious Life: French Ursulines and English Ladies in Seventeenth Century Catholicism (Ashgate, 2005), provided a comparative analysis of female Catholic endeavours in early modern England and France. She is also the author of articles in English and in French, exploring such issues as the governance, the spirituality and the missionary involvement of female institutions in the Counter-Reformation.Claire Sorin is a Lecturer of American Studies at Aix-Marseille Université, France, where she teaches courses in American history. She is affiliated to the LERMA (Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone). She is the author of a doctoral dissertation on nineteenth-century American women’s diaries and of articles related to women’s history, narratives of the self, gender construction and body representation.