New Associate Editor Named

The editors wish to announce that they have chosen Dr. Karen Nelson as the new Associate Editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal.  Dr. Nelson is the Associate Director of the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also teaches various medieval and early modern literature courses.

Associate Editor Applications

The application period for the recently advertised position of an associate editor for The Sixteenth Century Journal has come to a close. The editors would like to thank the more than sixty applicants. 

We are reviewing the applications and will make an announcement in a future edition of the SCJ.

The Emergence of the State in Elizabethan Ireland and England, ca. 1575–99

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This article examines the emergence of the concept of the state in Elizabethan Ireland and England. It argues that in Ireland early shape was given to both principal assumptions associated with a modern abstract notion of the state, in that government in Ireland came to conceive of its authority as distinct from both the person of the prince and the wider Irish polity.

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Religion, Household-State Authority, and the Defense of “Collapsed Ladies” in Early Jacobean England

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This article argues that specific features among the early Jacobean Catholic community enabled a reevaluation of the obedience owed by wives to their hus- bands and of the household-state analogy. At the forefront of this development was a new category of Catholic “collapsed ladies” who actively rejected state Protestantism. Such women were potentially disruptive in a period in which the stability of the household-state analogy was being tested by recusancy and by scrupulous interpretations of the Oath of Allegiance.

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Salvation and Community in Seventeenth- Century Dutch Mennonite Portraiture: Egbert van Heemskerck’s Portrait of Jacob Hercules and His Family, 1669

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Egbert van Heemskerck the Younger’s Portrait of The Surgeon Jacob Fransz. Hercules and His Family, 1669, places the titular family’s group portrait in the setting of a barber-surgeon’s shop as a scene depicting the medical proce- dure of bloodletting. The Hercules portrait offers a striking example of genre- portraiture, a type of hybrid picture that sets an informal portrait in a genre scene of everyday life.

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The Fish and the Whale: Animal Symbiosis and Early Modern Posthumanism

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Naturalists did not use the term “symbiosis” until the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, Renaissance scholars from many disciplines were fascinated by examples of mutual cooperation between different organisms. This paper traces some of the ways that sixteenth-century French humanists thought about the mutualisms between the pilot fish and the whale, and the plover bird and the crocodile. In poetic and zoological texts alike, mutualism is simultaneously legible as an ethical social model for the human world, yet also tantalizingly opaque, suspended between sameness and difference.

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