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They investigate reconstructive and preservationist cultural practices undertaken by dynastic women 13 Jill Bepler, Birgit Kümmel, and Helga Meise, “Weibliche Selbstdarstellung im 17. Jahrhundert. Das Funeralwerk der Landgräfin Sophia Eleonora von HessenDarmstadt,” Geschlechter Perspektiven: Forschungen zur Frühen Neuzeit, ed. Heide Wunder and Gisela Engel (Königstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer, 1998), 441–68. For Kümmel’s explication of the engraving, see 460–61. 12 lynne tatlock in the seventeenth century upon the death of family members as modes of self-fashioning and methods of guaranteeing personal and familial survival.
These contributions grew out of papers originally presented on March 27–29, 2008, at “Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany,” the fifth triennial interdisciplinary and international conference held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and sponsored by Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär (FNI), an organization of North American and European scholars devoted to interdisciplinary study of the culture and history of German-speaking Central Europe. In keeping with FNI’s mission to bridge disciplinary divides that can confound broader understandings of the character and trajectories of early modern Germany, this collection of essays assembles and juxtaposes scholarship across disciplines as well as research that spans disciplines—literary studies; gender studies; cultural, social, and economic history; art history; history of emotions; architectural history; musicology; history of religion and theology; women’s history; studies in place and space; and historical anthropology—with the express intention of making that diverse work mutually resonate.
But, as Corpis demonstrates, the very materiality of this space, where confessional memories inhered in wood, stone, and mortar, itself played a critical role; it could both reinforce and confound efforts on either side to assert jurisdictional rights over St. Ulrich’s. Assertion of Catholic access to a chapel through St. Ulrich’s (and in the Protestant view, Catholic abuse of that access), quarrels over the bells of St. Ulrich’s that had once called Catholics to worship, squabbles over renovations, and even disputes over who was to cut the grass in the adjoining churchyard (and could thereby lay claim to that space) supported assertions of rights on both sides.