CFP: Reading & Writing Practices Provincial Society c.1300-1700 (UK) (6/30/07; 9/22/07)

full name / name of organization:

Canterbury Christ Church University &
Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library

Call for Papers for the Renaissance Colloquium:

Reading and Writing in Provincial Society 1300-1700

Saturday 22nd September 2007

'...To understand the use of the materials we are investigating within
the precise, local specific context that alone gave them meaning. This
context might be ritual, political or at once religious and national.'
Roger Chartier The Culture of Print (1989)

Twenty minute papers are invited for the Second Annual Renaissance
Colloquium. The colloquia reflect a range of disciplinary approaches to
the study of manuscripts and early printed books in a bid to provide a
more fully contextualised understanding of literacy and 'book' culture
in provincial society across the period. Working collaboratively with
Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library, the day will draw together
scholars working on a range of source material including, book lists and
inventories, literary manuscripts, early printed books, common place
books, letters and civic documents. Papers are particularly welcome from
but not restricted to scholars who have worked on material housed at
Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library.

Key themes include: types of literacy and the status of the literate,
orality, dis/continuities between manuscript and print culture, reading
and writing practices, issues of methodology, materiality, book
ownership/access, coterie writing, reading communities, metropolitan and
continental influences.

Please send a 300 word synopsis of your paper to
by 30th June 2007

Dr Claire Bartram
Lecturer in Renaissance Studies
English Department
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU

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