Transformation has long been discussed in studies of early modern English drama. From an interest in Ovidian transformation to the way cross-dressed actors were feared to be “transformed” into effeminate men by performing the roles of women, scholars have looked at specific ways in which transformation incited fear, awe, and excitement in the playhouse. Next Fall, the Folger Shakespeare Library is presenting a symposium, “Early Modern Theatre and Conversion,” that explores issues of how religious “transformation” is represented on stage, as well as how theatre is able to “convert” religious conversion.
Call for Papers - The 2017 IASEMS Graduate Conference
THE FINE ART OF LYING: DISGUISE, DISSIMULATION AND COUNTERFEITING IN EARLY MODERN CULTURE
Florence, 7 April 2017
The 2017 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years.
Dissimulation is but a faint kind of policy, or wisdom; for it asketh a strong wit, and a strong heart, to know when to tell truth, and to do it. Therefore it is the weaker sort of politics, that are the great dissemblers! (Francis Bacon, “Of Dissimulation”)
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CALL FOR PAPERS
POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION
2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
April 12-15, 2017, San Diego, CA, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2016
We have previously had papers on the following topics and invite new ideas all the time.
"Staging the Undead"
The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society seeks three 20-minute presentations on any aspect of medieval and early modern Dutch and Flemish drama for a session at the 2017 International Medieval Congress at Leeds.
The International Margaret Cavendish Society is pleased to announce that the next biannual conference is set to take place on June 22nd-24th, 2017 at Bates College, Maine. Professor Carolyn Merchant from the University of California, Berkeley, will be the keynote speaker. Preference will be given to abstracts that closely relate to the conference theme, but all talks about Cavendish, her family, and related subjects will be considered. The conference theme is "Margaret Cavendish: Reception and Representations." Cavendish has increasingly garnered intense academic interest during the past twenty five years by scholars from a wide range of disciplines such as literature, history of science, philosophy, history and politics.
Whether it is tweeting Lydgate’s Fall of Princes, making witnesses of his poems both in and out of the codex available to scholars worldwide, or engaging in digital prosopography, the “Digital Turn” in recent literary scholarship provides heretofore unavailable opportunities for engagement with the poetry of John Lydgate. However, this is not the first time the introduction of new technology has effected reception, understanding, and interpretation of the poet. The shift from manuscript to print spread Lydgate’s poems in numbers that were not possible before, while modern editorial practices developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have created a set of “standard” editions of the poet’s works, for good and ill.
Medieval studies has made serious inroads into inquiries surrounding the relationship between objects and environments, between objects and their spiritual power, as well as between descriptions of objects and their literal presence. These issues also pertain to Lydgate studies, as his relationship with matter is complex. As Lisa H.
The shadow of Geoffrey Chaucer loomed large over the century after his death. Later poets such as John Lydgate used words coined by him, explicitly referenced Chaucer’s mastery of poetry, and mentioned their relationship with him in the development of their poetic personae and the writing of their poetic works. These connections, in turn, have left a tradition of scholarship that takes such conceits at face value and maligns the poetry of the fifteenth century for allegedly not being the equal of Chaucer’s.
CFP: Persecution, Punishment, and Purgatory I-II: Methodological Considerations, Historical Explorations
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, Graduate Center, CUNY
52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14, 2017, Kalamazoo, MI