Modern Language Professors’ Book Recognized as Top Collaborative Project by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

Professors Anne J. Cruz and Maria Galli Stampino Co-Edited Award-Winning Book

Early Modern Habsburg Women: Transnational Contexts, Cultural Conflicts, Dynastic Continuities – co-edited by Dr. Anne J. Cruz and Senior Associate Dean Maria Galli Stampino, both professors of modern languages and literatures in the UM College of Arts & Sciences – has been recognized by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW).  

The book was awarded honorable mention in the category of Best Collaborative Project of 2013 in Gender and Women’s Studies.

The first comprehensive volume devoted to women of both the Spanish and Austrian Habsburg royal dynasties in the 16th and 17th centuries, Early Modern Habsburg Women investigates the lives of six Habsburg women who left an indelible mark on the diplomatic and cultural map of early modern Europe.

Cruz, whose research focuses on early modern Spanish literature and culture, and gender studies, said, “Maria and I are honored and gratified that our collection of essays received this award, as it very much validates the collaborative efforts of art historians, historians, and literary critics from Europe and the United States to demonstrate the rich history of six remarkable women of the Spanish and Austrian Habsburg dynasties.”

Galli Stampino is a Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Her work addresses Italian and French Renaissance and Baroque literatures and cultures, and performance studies.

In an email announcing the honor, SSEMW Secretary Abby Zanger wrote: “The committee was particularly impressed by how the collection gathers together in one place essays on six remarkable women of the Spanish and Austrian Habsburg dynasties. The transnational, comparative, and interdisciplinary scope of these essays illuminate the complex negotiations performed by these powerful women who crossed borders defined by gender, geography, language, culture and politics. The volume exemplifies the richness of women’s history that travels across and between political, disciplinary, and methodological boundaries.”

 The SSEMW is a network of scholars who meet annually, sponsor sessions at conferences, maintain a listserv and website, give awards for outstanding scholarship and support one another’s work in the field.

The field of early modern women includes scholars and teachers from any discipline who study women and their contributions to the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres of the early modern period and whose interest in it includes attention to gender and representations of women.

November 24, 2014