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“The Wandering Life I Led”

Essays on Hortense Mancini, Duchess Mazarin and Early Modern Women’s Border Crossings

Editor(s): Susan Shifrin
Contributors: Andrew Walkling, Elizabeth Goldsmith, Susan Shifrin, andrew walkling, Denys Potts, katharina piechocki,
Subject: Gender Studies

Book Description

This book of essays brings together international scholars working on the literary, visual, musical, and theatrical representations and reception of Hortense Mancini, Duchess Mazarin, an early modern woman whose literal—geographical—“border crossings” serve here as the starting point for an investigation of her and others’ elisions and transgressions of borders of all kinds. The authors lay out strategies for exploring the ways in which she crossed geographical, gendered, cultural, and—in scholarly terms—disciplinary boundaries, and in so doing, consider how an investigation of those border crossings can enhance our understanding of early modern cultural formation. The new work presented here by some of the most distinguished junior and senior scholars working today in the fields of history, art history, literary history, the history of theater, and the history of music promises to stimulate a broader scholarly discussion about early modern border-crossing and women’s places in the early modern period in general.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1103-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1103-3
Date of Publication: 01/08/2009
Pages / Size: 225 / A5
Price: £39.99


SUSAN SHIFRIN is Assistant Professor of Art History at Ursinus College and Associate Director for Education at the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College. Her recent publications include essays on the iconography and reception of the Duchess Mazarin and an edited volume titled Re-framing Representations of Women: Figuring, Fashioning, Portraiting and Telling in the ’Picturing’ Women Project.