Now that over half a century has passed since Lionel Abel coined the term 'metatheatre' with particular reference to the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and even identified a new genre, the 'metaplay', it is time for a conference that will bring together academics and theatre practitioners to re-assess the place of metatheatre in early modern drama studies. This interdisciplinary conference will invite literary scholars and theatre historians as well as actors and directors to consider metatheatre's hugely influential role in critical theories, methodologies and lexicons, exploring its conceptual significance both in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and our own historical period.
Call for Papers
RSA Boston, 31 March -2 April 2 2016
The Milton Society of America seeks panels and papers for its sessions at the 62nd annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. As an Associate Organization, the MSA may submit up to five guaranteed panels.
Proposals covering any aspect of Milton studies will be given full consideration, but especially desirable are those falling under the following rubrics:
-Periodization (Renaissance, Early Modern, Long Restoration)
-Early modern epistemologies, including natural philosophy, cosmology, and hermeticism
Call for Papers
Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives
Following a highly successful two day international conference on alternate history held at the University of Liverpool and organised in conjunction with Lancaster University, the conference organisers are now seeking to supplement extended conference papers with other work in order to publish an essay collection which represents the diversity and depth of alternate history and counterfactual narrative scholarship.
This edited volume marking the centennial of Sholem Aleykhem's death (May 1916), will explore the writer's vast contributions to Yiddish literature through comparison with authors of other national literatures. The aim of the collection is to analyze the work of this foundational Yiddish writer in comparative context in order to bring to light hitherto unexplored aspects of his achievements. Often called "the Jewish Mark Twain" – due to similar writing style and use of pen name – Sholem Aleykhem's favorite writers spanned the spectrum of world literature – among them: Sterne, Dickens, Twain, Tolstoy and Gorky.
Although they may seem mutually exclusive, literary/critical theory and bibliographic/textual/print culture studies can coexist peacefully. For this year's Southeast Renaissance Conference SAMLA affiliate session, we seek proposals that attempt to bring together these two ostensibly disparate disciplines that have remained largely in separate camps. In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme, "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts," we would like to consider theory as an "other" art that can inform the physical presentation of early modern literary or non-literary texts.
ASC Education and Research extends this call for papers on any matters to do with the performance of early modern drama (historical, architectural, political, dramatical, sartorial, medical, linguistical, comical, pastoral) to all interested parties. As in past years, participants may submit an abstract for consideration in one of 11 plenary sessions, each of which features only 6-7 papers. The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration in the plenary sessions is 10 April 2015 (notification and announcement by 4 May). Our colloquies will be different in 2015 than at past conferences, as we are soliciting proposals to lead these sessions (deadline 10 April).
If you don't have time or an article to submit, perhaps you have the time to spare to be a peer reviewer? Please email Maureen.email@example.com and let me know you would be interested in being a peer reviewer. Include your main interests or the topics you would feel most confident reviewing.
In almost a reactionary response to New Criticism and a development from Historicism, literary researchers are using archival research more and more to develop textual analysis. Whether this research is more historically based or is textual to the point of analysing printing ink and the construction of a text, special collections, museum, and archives are considered a valuable resource. Even in the abstract, the idea of 'the' archive, while being embraced is simultaneously being challenged both for its exclusions and its very definition. How has the/an archive or the very idea of an archive affected/enhanced your own work?
For the last several years, the Andrew Marvell Society has published a periodical under the name, 'The Andrew Marvell Newsletter'. At the annual business meeting of the Society last month, the decision was taken to relaunch this periodical as 'Marvell Studies', beginning Summer 2015. This will continue to be an open-access publication, though we are now exploring software packages to replace our current WordPress platform as we seek to establish 'Marvell Studies' as a journal of record. The editorial board is also being reconstituted more widely. Submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed.
This issue aims to elicit discussions about the literary and cultural productions that have emerged from the process of colonization and post-colonial experience in English-speaking countries, as well as the expansion of these historical experiences through cross-cultural dialogues. It is, therefore, the investigation of the transits of literary, artistic, and cultural repertoires in English, aiming to comprehend the networks and flows of critical or theoretical references about these productions in the various stages of the colonization and post-colonial period.