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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Politics, Monuments, and Venice’s Reclamation of Padua during the Cambrai War

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During the War of the League of Cambrai (1509–16), Venice’s extensive mainland empire came under attack.The conflict led Venetians of all social strata to debate the value—and future—of their Stato da terra.Although many came to favor its renunciation, a small group of powerful nobles exerted their influence to pursue its recovery.This article proposes that these patricians promoted their strategy through the calculated commission of prominent sculptural projects for churches that celebrated the conflict’s greatest military success, the reclamation of Padua.These projects included three tom

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Anti-Machiavellianism and Roman Civil Religion in the Princely Literature of Sixteenth-Century Europe

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This article uses a diachronic lens to examine the way in which humanistic attitudes towards classical civil religion, particularly Roman religion, changed over the course of the sixteenth century.Using princely tracts from across sixteenth-century Europe, the study argues that Reformation disputes and Machiavelli’s enthusiasm for “false” Roman religion pushed anti-Machiavellians to classify religion as a set of doctrines in place of its more traditional classification as a species of the moral virtue of justice.This focus on doctrine and religious veracity drove later sixteenth-century wri

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De rerum textura: Lucretius, Fracastoro, and the Sense of Touch

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This article explores the substantive influence that Lucretius’s poem De rerum natura had on Girolamo Fracastoro’s (1478–1553) theory of contagion.Perhaps the first early modern intellectual to systematically adopt Lucretius’s experiential epistemology, Fracastoro was also one of the very few who picked up on Lucretius’s insistency on the crucial importance of tactility.Tactus is, for Lucretius, not only the bodily sense par excellence, but also—understood as atomic contact—the ontological mechanism that articulates generation and corruption.Fracastoro’s theory of contagio

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