CFP: Fortune & Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France, 1553-1715 (grad) (7/14/06; 10/20/06)

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Call for Papers=20

Fortune and Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France =

The Graduate Center, City University of New York
20 October 2006

The Interdisciplinary Group for Seventeenth-Century French Studies at =
the Graduate Center of the City University of New York invites paper =
proposals for its annual student conference. This year=92s conference =
will be held on Friday 20 October 2006. Papers should be 15-20 minutes =
in length.

Distinguished Professor of French Domna C. Stanton will be our keynote =
speaker, and events will include a performance of seventeenth- and =
eighteenth-century French music on period instruments.

As an aesthetic notion and literary genre, tragedy has enjoyed a =
privileged place in French culture, particularly during the early modern =
period. According to Jean Rohou: =93Tragic is the misery inherent in =
being, constitutive of the human condition and personality, =
insurmountable outside of a transformation that is impossible at first =
sight.=94 The tragic manifests not only in tragedy, but in funeral =
orations, novels, theoretical arguments, poetry, music, visual art, and =
even comedy. But why tragedy? What fundamental elements of the tragic =
reflect the inherent instability of the human condition, and to what end =
were the philosophical, theatrical, and performative aspects of the =
tragic appropriated in early modern France? =20

Proposals for papers from all disciplines are welcome. Papers may be =
either in French or in English. Possible topics include, but are not =
limited to:

=95 Tragic/doomed women
=95 Women writing tragedy (theater, correspondence, memoirs, etc.)
=95 Gender and tragedy
=95 =93Fureur=94 and disordered passion
=95 Bossuet and the oraison fun=E8bre
=95 Death and mourning
=95 Gisants and the theatrical tomb
=95 Staging and performance (theater, funerals and religious =
=95 Trag=E9die en musique
=95 Visual art
=95 Conflict, free will, and morality
=95 Tragedy and tragicomedy
=95 Medicine and tragedy (m=E9lancolie, folie, d=E9raison, etc.)
=95 The poetics of tragedy
=95 Theories of/on early modern theater and theatricality
=95 English language representations/translations/performances of =
French tragedy

The deadline for submissions is 14 July 2006. Please send proposals to =
Desmond Hosford ( and Charles Wrightington =

Desmond Hosford
Ph.D. Program in French
City University of New York

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