CFP: [Renaissance] "Beg, Borrow, and Steal: Acquisition in Early Modern England" Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Jennifer McDermott

The University of Toronto's "Early Modern Studies Seminar" (EMSS) seeks
papers for its upcoming graduate conference, "Beg, Borrow, and Steal:
Acquisition in Early Modern England" to be held May 8 â€" 9, 2009. This is
an interdisciplinary conference welcoming papers from all fields of study.
The term acquisition refers to the act of obtaining, but also to the item
or attribute gained through this action. As such, we are interested in
papers that discuss how language and ideas are recycled to achieve
specifics ends. Our panels may question how materials were borrowed,
stolen, restructured, reincorporated, and renovated in order to make new

What does it mean to steal an idea, or to incorporate a source as a form of
borrowing? Can this act be a form of tribute, as opposed to an act of
theft? This conference is also eager to explore how ideas circulated in
the early modern period. How did one go about achieving his or her intent
through borrowing? This acquisition of ideas or materials can also connect
to the language and politics of supplication. Was supplication performed
and how does text represent this action? How did one negotiate social and
gender distinctions in order to realize a goal in early modern England?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- cultural appropriation
- imitation and “imitatio”
- the art of adaptation
- the religious-secular interface
- rhetorics of courtship
- commonplace books, miscellanies, and sourcework
- legal issues of intellectual and material property
- loans, debts, and usury
- high-low borrowings
- the issues of patronage
- portraiture
- female voice appropriations
- plagiarism
- means of material acquisition

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. The submission deadline is
Friday, January 23, 2009. Please submit your proposals to:

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