Tanya Blakeley-Clark

tanyabai@buffalo.edu | CV

Concentration: Early Modern Europe | Gender

Adviser: Claire S. Schen

MA History, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

BA History, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

My research focuses primarily on the early English reformation. I am interested in how women, from all social classes, interacted with Henrician religious authorities. My research examines questions of authorship, female agency/subordination in the conversion experience, the rhetoric of feminine modesty and sexuality, and the politicization of patronage/kinship networks by prominent female reformers. I hope to provide thoughtful challenges to the long-held notion that the end of monasticism in England resulted in a dearth of places for female religious expression during the Tudor period.