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Renaissance, women


Two years ago, editor Sharon Beehler and the editorial board of the jour- nal Quidditas (formerly the Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association) requested that we—Sara Jayne Steen and Susan Frye—edit a gathering of essays on women in the Renaissance as one way to mark the journal’s new name and critical directions. The gathering printed here, even more than we had hoped, announces this journal’s position as interdisciplinary, historically grounded, and willing to ask of history, literature, and the arts both familiar, recurring questions and those newer questions occasioned by a variety of theoretical perspectives.