CFP: [Graduate] Continuities: From Medieval to Early Modern in English Literature (1400-1650)

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Emily O'Brien

Continuities: From Medieval to Early Modern in English Literature
(1400-1650): A Two-Day Postgraduate Conference, Trinity College Dublin,
25th and 26th June 2009. Deadline for abstracts: 3 April 2009.

The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin, is
pleased to announce a forthcoming conference for postgraduates in the field
of English Literature.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Andrew Hiscock (University of Wales, Bangor)

In recent decades academics have attempted to demonstrate that the period
between late medieval and high renaissance was not the barren cultural
wasteland which previous generations of literary critics deemed it to be.
Medievalists have become more forward-looking: no longer taking Chaucer as
a boundary beyond which they cannot venture and identifying many ongoing
historical, literary and religious traditions which unite their era with
the one that follows. ‘Early modernists’ have begun to question the term
‘renaissance’ (with its associations of value and teleology) in order to
envision the period of artistic achievement as one which began long before
the emergence of Shakespeare.

‘Continuities’ seeks to tap into this general movement towards synthesis
and co-operation between medievalists and early modernists by calling upon
the future generation of critics (postgraduates) to present papers which
emphasise these literary linkages and which continue to interrogate the
notion of a discernible ‘break’ between the two eras.

The conference organisers especially welcome papers on the following
subjects: the afterlives of medieval texts (editions, translations,
receptions); texts and authors of the fifteenth century; the rediscovery
and rehabilitation of forgotten or maligned texts/authors fl. 1400-1550;
developing world views and travel narratives; surviving traditions (the
liturgical year and parish life, mysteries, yule plays and moralities); the
appropriation and transformation of medieval texts, genres and literary models.

Those whose work focuses on the later early modern period are welcome to
submit papers dealing with earlier sources and analogues for ‘renaissance’
texts; early modern conceptualizations of the (medieval) past;
historiography and history plays; fictional constructions of the past;
memory and cultural heritage in literature; tradition and innovation;
interrogating the terms ‘medieval’/‘renaissance’/‘early modern’; the
renaissance ‘canon’.

Papers are required to be no more than 20 minutes in length. 150-word
abstracts should be sent to the conference organisers (Darragh Greene,
Emily O’Brien and Kate Roddy) at by Friday
3rd April 2009. Further information available at the conference blog:

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