Courtesans and Their Arts in Early Modern Times
Cincinnati, Ohio (25-28 octobre 2012)

Proposed Session at Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, October 25-28, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio, TO BE SPONSORED BY SSEMW
Organizer: Cynthia Stollhans, Saint Louis University
Courtesans (or geishas or any other name) are women who receive money and/or gifts for sexual favors, entertainment, friendship, and, at times, intellectual conversation. For this session, I am seeking abstracts for papers to be included in a session that has as its primary focus a courtesan or courtesans and their involvement with any of the arts’including music, visual arts, literature, theatre, or other. The courtesans may be from any continent. Any methodology will be accepted as long as the purpose of the study is to explore the interpretation of one of the arts used by, made by or for the courtesan. Examples include art objects owned by the courtesan (perhaps gifted to her); music written by or sung by the courtesan; musical instruments used by/gifted to a courtesan or any other involvement that she may have had with the arts.
Deadline for submission: Tuesday, March 16, 2012.
Paper proposals for this session should be sent in the form of a 250 word paper abstract. Send abstract along with contact information. Abstracts should be sent via e-mail to Cindy Stollhans at the following addresses: ?Cynthia Stollhans’