Reflecting on the seismic cultural and political shifts of his own time, Francis Bacon pinpointed 'printing, gunpowder, and the compass' as the technological drivers which had 'changed the appearance and state of the whole world'. Bacon's identification of communicative (print), violent (gunpowder) and technological (compass) forms of cultural expression and exchange as world-shaping continues to resonate, shaping the production and interpretation of texts.
Abstract: This special session will explore the intricacies and expectations embodied in portrayals of womanhood in Renaissance and Restoration England. This session desires papers using literature and plays to discuss the realities for and suppositions of women that were common in this era, potentially looking at the broader social implications.
The conference "Power and the Mediterranean" will be held on 13-15 November 2015 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, featuring keynote speaker Julia Clancy-Smith (University of Arizona).
RSA 2016, Boston
Reading Form in European Renaissance Poetry
Sponsored by the Discipline of Comparative Literature
Papers sought that offer historical interpretations of poetic form. How do Renaissance poets, theorists, and readers interpret and classify formal features of verse (including rhyme, meter, and generic forms like the sonnet or the epigram)? How do poets use form to position themselves in literary history? What is the relationship between poetic practice and the poetic theories presented in manuals and defenses of poetry? Comparative and multi-lingual papers especially encouraged.
Full title: Order and Disorder Symposium
Date: 6-Nov - 7-Nov 2015
Location: ISSH of Jendouba, Université de Jendouba, Jendouba, Tunisie
Contact person: Sihem Arfaoui
Meeting email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call deadline: September 20th, 2015.
Symposium language: English, French and/or Arabic.
Due to several requests we have decided to extend the deadline for submissions until Monday, 15 June 2015.
The Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature at the University of Lodz invites you to attend the 2015 biannual "Lodz Conference in Drama, Theatre, Film and Media," which will focus on the theme of (dis)ability. The event is a continuation of the series of conferences organized under the title: "Drama through the Ages."
CfP "Emotional and Affective Narratives in pre-Modern Europe/ Late-Medieval and Renaissance France"
We are still interested in essays that investigate the constituency of such "archives of feelings" through the study of the affectivity and emotionality of both literary and non-literary texts, such as political and theological treatises, mystical texts, medical works, scientific tracts and pamphlets, hagiographies and encyclopedic compendiums. While we welcome submissions of articles dealing with such topics in different geographic areas, we are particularly interested in late-medieval and Renaissance French texts.
Articles may examine, but are not limited to questions related to:
- Discourses and practices of emotions and affect
From Heywood's Four Prentices (1592) to William Vallans' Honourable Apprentice (1616) and the anonymous ballad "A Use of Exhortation" on behalf of Charles I (1643), apprentices have played a crucial if liminal role in the literature of the early modern city, one that should not be overlooked when considering this riotous urban cohort. In that vein, this panel seeks papers that explore the role of apprenticeship in the literature of early modern England. Papers might address these or related questions: How did authors represent the voice of this politically active group? How did depictions of apprentices establish or destabilize the merchant ethos of the early modern marketplace?
This Rough Magic (www.thisroughmagic.org) is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature.
We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:
•Philosophy and Rhetoric
We invite papers and panels that investigate any aspect of the new and the novel in the long 19th century, including forms and genres (song cycles, photography, "loose baggy monsters"), fashions and roles (the dandy, crinoline, Berlin wool work), aesthetics (Pater, panoramas), the old made new (Graecophilia, dinosaurs), crimes and vices (serial murder, racial science), faiths (Mormons, Positivists), geographies (frontiers, the source of the Nile), models of heroism (Custer, Byron, F. Nightingale), times (railroad tables, the eight-hour-day), psychologies (phrenology, chirology, Freud), attractions (the Great Exhibition, sensation fiction, Yellowstone), and anxieties (Chartism, empire).