RSA 2016: The Apprentices of Early Modern English Literature - Deadline: June 7th
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? Does the literary representation of this cohort confirm or contest the conventional understanding of this unruly group? How did genre conventions shape the depiction of these young men? What defines a successful or failed apprentice? Please submit your paper title, a 150-word abstract, keywords, and a 300-word curriculum vitae to Drew Heverin (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 5th.