Meredith K. Ray



Moderata Fonte Arcangela Tarabotti

Meredith K. Ray is the Elias Ahuja Professor of Italian at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in Women & Gender Studies. Her books include Writing Gender in Women’s Letter Collections of the Italian Renaissance (2009); Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (2015); and Margherita Sarrocchi’s Letters to Galileo: Astronomy, Astrology, and Poetics in Seventeenth-Century Italy (2016). With Lynn Lara Westwater, she has edited and translated several works by the 17th-century Venetian nun and early feminist Arcangela Tarabotti. Her research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and others. A past president of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women & Gender, she is co-editor of the series The Early Modern Exchange (University of Delaware Press) and General Editor of the series Twenty-Five Women Who Shaped… (Routledge). You can contact her at or find her on Instagram @meredith_k_ray. 

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