CFP: [Renaissance] Form and Reform: Writing New Politics in Seventeenth-Century England (RSA 09)

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Nathaniel Stogdill
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In many respects the tumult of the seventeenth-century English political
landscape can be traced to the failure of conventional political
platforms and categories: once-stable institutions had trouble
accommodating shifting notions of the English self, prompting
reconceptualizations of social identity, responsibility, and action that
had viability outside of these failed forms. This panel will consider how
authors make use of literary space to experiment with new relationships
to a newly-problematic past and present as they look to rethink the
possibilities for their own political status. Proposals might consider
how authors use their work to attempt to strip away institutional markers
in response to various pressures, or to reshape notions of history to
cope with their unsettling experiences of defeat and disenfranchisement.

Please email abstracts to Nathaniel Stogdill at by
Monday, May 5.

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