Free Will, defined by Dante's Virgilio as the noble power to guide and constrain the soul's natural inclination and desires (Purg 18.73), holds a place of central concern in the Commedia. Elaborating on Marco Lombardo's discourse, the roman poet asserts that it is Free Will that accounts for the justice in feeling joy for doing good and misery for doing ill. While offering a general outline of the fundamental importance of Free Will in the ethical and moral rationale for the fate of departed souls, the pilgrim's first guide promises that Beatrice will provide clarity on this and other topics of particular complexity beyond the purview of his Classical pagan understanding.
NeMLA 50th Annual Convention
March 21-24, 2019
This panel will explore the changing sense of British identity for writers of the Romantic period. Papers are invited that consider the ways in which such writers as Lord Byron in Italy and Greece, Mary Shelley in Italy, William Wordsworth in France, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Germany may have developed new conceptions of themselves beyond their status as British subjects and revealed those conceptions in their writings of the period. Discussion of lesser known writers of the period is certainly encouraged.
Call for Papers
Gil SCOTT-HERON’s work
20-21 June 2019, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, France
At the beginning of the booklet that accompanies The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron, his 1978 collection of poetry and music, Gil Scott-Heron wrote:
Panel: "Representing Religion in an Era of Secularization and Nation Building"
7th Annual Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature Conference - Othello's Island 2019 - Nicosia, Cyprus
Othello's Island is a gathering of researchers from all over the world, interested in the work of Shakespeare and other writers from the renaissance and early modern periods and their legacies. Staged as part of the wider annual Othello's Island Conference on Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, now in its seventh year, the event is an opportunity to hear and discuss interesting new research by academics and research students, in one of the key settings of the renaissance world, the capital of the Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus, Nicosia.
The Third Annual Early Modern Women Writers' Colloquium (2019)
A collaboration between Othello's Island 2019, the International Margaret Cavendish Society, the University of Cyprus, Northern Arizona University, the University of Sheffield and the Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Cyprus
Amy Ash, Indiana State University
Michael Dean Clark, Azusa Pacific University
Chris Drew, Indiana State University
tired bodies, tired worlds
An interdisciplinary graduate student conference
Department of English || University of Chicago
November 15-16, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Macarena Gómez-Barris, Chairperson of Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute