Every play imagines its own world—but the worlds they imagine must in some way connect with their audience. This panel invites perspectives on early modern English drama that considers the balance between these two poles: the imagined world of the setting and its connection to the surrounding culture in early modern England. This balance is particularly important in early modern English drama for both historical reasons—an increased awareness of other worlds and their different reality within the expanding cultural purview of the early modern English—and literary ones—since so much criticism of these plays has focused on their relation to early modern England itself to the exclusion of their frequently quite disparate settings.
MAPACA (Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association) 2017
28th Annual Conference
November 8-11, 2017
Medieval and Renaissance (formerly called “Beowulf to Shakespeare”)
The wealth of material found in the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new creative works that make use of medieval and/or early modern themes, characters, or plots. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or Renaissance representations in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to:
SAMLA 89 will be held in Atlanta, GA, November 3-5.
Special session panel.
RSA 2018 - New Orleans
Beyond Surface: Interrogating the Early Modern Wall and Page
This panel investigates early modern coping strategies that engage both possibility and temporality. Specifically, how do early modern texts model alternative temporalities that evoke revised histories, alternative presents, or potential futures? How might intertextuality, grammatical structures, wordplay, and visual or other paratextual elements signal possibility? And how might alternative temporalities revise early modern subjectivity?
Topics of interest might include:
English: The Journal of the English Association (Oxford UP) seeks reliable book reviewers. Please email the Reviews Editor, Dr Adam Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your CV (2 pages maximum) and a brief (100 words) statement of areas of interest or expertise.
CALL FOR PAPERS
POETICS BEFORE MODERNITY CONFERENCE 2017
Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CRASSH)
University of Cambridge, 14-15 December 2017
William Shakespeare’s oeuvre is comprised of multiple forms, including the play, the sonnet, and the narrative poem and spans a wide variety of genres, including comedy, tragedy, history, epic, and romance. Because of his contributions to the western canon, modern scholarship tends to focus on Shakespeare the writer. Yet, we often forget another aspect of his literary life: Shakespeare the reader. In crafting his work, Shakespeare borrows heavily from Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance literature of all genres, including poetry, epic, drama, and prose fiction, and incorporates references to mythological, religious, rhetorical and philosophical texts throughout his works.
Essays of c. 7000 words are invited for a special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies on domestic tragedy. Possible topics might include individual plays (e.g. Arden of Faversham, A Warning for Fair Women, The English Traveller, A Woman Killed with Kindness, The Miseries of Enforced Marriage, Two Lamentable Tragedies); lost domestic tragedies (e.g.
This panel will explore women’s involvement in the death and memorial practices of the early modern world. While early modern women were actively involved in the processes that surround death and dying, they are curiously absent from prescriptive advice in ars moriendi treatises of the late sixteenth and seventeenth century, which typically feature a dying man surrounded by a retinue of male advisors and friends. This exclusion creates a disjunction between the representation and the reality of women’s involvement in the rituals of death. This panel will begin to piece apart this disjunction by examining the following questions: What roles did women perform in the rituals of dying, and how were their actions represented in literature or art?