German Studies Seminar: Patricia Simpson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Politics of Early Modern Women’s Work: Swallows in Winter

Apr 8, 2022 | 3:00PM

Friday, April 8, 2022

3-4:30 pm CDT

Virtual seminar, register for link


The Politics of Early Modern Women’s Work: Swallows in WinterPatricia Simpson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Focusing on the poetry and political commentary of Anna Ovena Hoyer (1584-1655), Simpson argues that the author’s work exceeds the genre of religious devotion. Instead, she argues, Hoyer’s writing demands gendered agency. In the treatise Ein Schreiben über Meer… (1649), Hoyer occupies the indignant subject position of an old woman empowered to speak against treason and intervene in politics beyond continental Europe. Hoyer inscribes a woman’s right to political judgement, writing to articulate a desire for community—be it fragile and fickle as swallows in winter.

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, click here. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.