CFP: [Renaissance] College English Association Annual Meeting: 17th Century British Literature

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Dr. Lynne Simpson
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We invite papers on 17th century British literature in relation to the idea
of the “passage” for the 39th annual meeting of the College English
Association. “Passage” signals the importance of the transitional moment,
when one must leap into the unknown and either brave or embrace change; it
also invokes all the subsequent acts of journeying. Papers might usefully
address the rite of passage, the spiritual quest, death as a threshold
experience, passage to the “New World,” or other real or metaphoric travel.
Finally, for the academic, passages remain our stock in trade, the medium
through which we journey through the text itself. Papers that celebrate
the “passage” with an extended close reading are also welcome, as are
papers that seek to analyze the process of close reading or any other
literary theory that claims to illuminate the art form through an analysis
of its parts. Proposals should be between 250 and 500 words in length and
should include a title. Please submit your abstract via the online database
at by November 1st, 2007. When you
submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate your topic.
Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be directed to
me, Dr. Lynne Simpson, chair of the 17th century British literature panel.
 To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes.
All presenters must become members of the College English Association by
January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at For more information about CEA, the general conference
theme, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA web site at

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