CFP: [Renaissance] RSA 2009 Panel: Re-Evaluating the boundaries between Medieval and Renaissance Drama

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Nathaniel C. Leonard
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>From 'Corpus Christi' to 'The Mighty Line': Re-Evaluating the boundaries
between Medieval and Renaissance Drama

Description: The transition between the Medieval and Renaissance Stage has
long been seen as an evolution from the the Sacred to the Secular, but this
simplified approach tends to gloss over the complexity of that shift. This
panel will explore how the plays of the late 15th and early 16th centuries
in England negotiate the interplay between Medieval tropes and the
beginnings of the dramatic style that characterized the plays of the 1580s
and 1590s.

Possible Topics include, but are not limited to:

-The influence of Medieval Drama on late 16th century playwrights like
Shakespeare and Marlowe.
-The techniques used by Tudor Dramatists and their relationships with
Earlier Playwrights.
-Attempts to define what makes Dramatic work inherently 'Medieval' or
inherently 'Renaissance.'

Please submit abstracts of no more than 200 words via email by May 20th.

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