Early Modern Europe; women and gender; sexuality; identity formation; cultural history; the Netherlands, Germany.
(1) Dissenting Daughters: Reformed Women in the Dutch Republic, 1572-1725 highlights women’s contributions to the spread of the Reformed faith by examining the lives and written works of six women, Cornelia Teellinck (1553-1576), Susanna Teellinck (1551-1625), Anna Maria van Schurman (1607-1678), Sara Nevius (1632-1706), Cornelia Leydekker (1654-1725), and Henrica van Hoolwerff (1658-1704). These women drew upon the authority accorded to them as domestic religious instructors, as well as their family networks and ministerial connections, to teach others and to publish original works to amplify the influence of the nascent Dutch Reformed Church that excluded them from official roles.
(2) I am also working on a book-length project that traces the international spread of domestic advice books in response to religious persecution, trade, and voluntary travel. It compares the content of advice to parents printed in German, Dutch, English, and French and identifies women active within these networks of religious exchange to highlight instances in which ministers provided women with the tools to write and publish devotional texts by insisting that women engage in domestic religious practices including reading and writing devotional texts, offering religious instruction, and even leading home worship services.
Pipkin, “Susanna Teellinck, the Earliest Known Dutch Reformed Woman Editor and Biographer” on Martine van Elk, Early Modern Women: Lives, Texts, Objects (https://martinevanelk.wordpress.com/) [July 2019].
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2007
M.A. Leiden University, The Netherlands, 1999
B.A. Wake Forest University, 1997