In its five hundred years of reception, responses to John Lydgate's poetry have varied between extremes. Early regard for Lydgate appears in such places as Stephen Hawes' Pastime of Pleasure, where the monk is canonized alongside Chaucer and Gower and at greater length than either of the other poets. By contrast, Joseph Ritson describes Lydgate in 1802 as a "voluminous, prosaick, and driveling monk." This comment has formed a flashpoint in Lydgate studies for both those who would dismiss and those who would defend this poet. Renoir, Schirmer, Pearsall, and Patterson provide a wide-ranging sampling of these perspectives.
While historicist approaches to Lydgate have played a large role in the poet's now decades-old critical recuperation, all along this recuperation has also been alert to the formal dimensions of his work and to some of the many ways these dimensions represent innovations. Studies by, for example, Maura Nolan and Claire Sponsler have fruitfully combined historical inquiry with explorations of the ramifications of form. With many in the field of literary study seeking, in a variety of ways, to return considerations of form to the center court of the field's endeavors, it is an apt moment to extend, complicate, and/or critique accounts of Lydgate as a formal innovator.
Deadline: 8 November 2015
Ever since Massumi posited the autonomy of affect and Sedgwick called for us to pay more attention to the felt "texture" of experience, there has been a surge of interest across the humanities and social sciences in how we are affected by and affect our environments. Affect theorists share an interest in the contingencies of being and in a model of becoming, offering an ontology that accounts for the complexities of lived experience and that promises a space for freedom resistant to the prisonhouse of discourse, to normative ideology, to state thinking.
The Lehigh English Department's second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place on Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem, PA, on March 4th-5th, 2016. We will be accepting proposals from Master's and Doctoral students on this year's conference theme, public humanities. Public humanities takes literature and social justice out of the confines of the classroom or academic publication by balancing theoretical concepts with practical actions and projects that benefit others in order to expand participation in and appreciation for the humanities.
Dissecting the Page: Medical Paratexts
Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens
University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ
9am-6pm, Friday 11 September 2015
Keynote speaker announced: Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck, University of London)
Extended deadline for abstracts: 20th July 2015
The extended deadline reflects the interest we have received in wider European male experience. We now welcome papers that focus on British and European devotion. This conference is co-hosted with the Universities of Reading and Liverpool Hope. It aims to explore the social, economic and spatial factors underpinning the changing way men demonstrated their commitment to God and the church(es) in a period of significant turmoil. Papers that address male devotional experience from historical, literary, gender studies and material culture perspectives are welcomed. Suggested themes include:
This panel focuses on the classical through the early modern periods, and seeks to discuss some of the cognitive frameworks that are either behind, or can be translated, into reading and writing. Particular priority is given to reason and specific logical systems, from Aristotelian to Baconian (and more!). Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: reader or writer as scientist; philosophies/frameworks of reading; and logical systems as literary methodologies.
For details and abstract submission, please see the NeMLA website:
The deadline is September 30, 2015.
CALL for PROPOSALS
The Land Has a Story
Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501
Keynote by Sarah Piccinni, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society
ACLA 2016 Seminar Proposal
March 17th-20th, Harvard University