[UPDATE] Conference / Edited Collection: Final Call: Handle with Care: Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Spenser 4-5 July

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William Thomas Rossiter / Liverpool Hope University

Handle with Care: Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Spenser [Conference and Edited Collection]

Venue: Liverpool Hope University

Date: 4-5 July 2009

Keynote Speaker: Professor John Watkins (University of Minnesota)

Proposals are invited for a conference which will examine the interrelated roles of the author and the diplomat in the late medieval, early modern and Renaissance periods. Many of the key figures in European literature – Dante, Petrarch, Chaucer, Wyatt, Sidney, Machaut and Froissart, to name but a few – were also highly-skilled ambassadors and diplomats. This conference will investigate the perceived interrelationship between the roles of author and ambassador, the extent to which the literary permeated the political, and vice versa. Conference proceedings to be published as an edited collection. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

• The changing role of the poet-diplomat
• Poetry as propaganda
• Translation and intercultural studies
• The development of the nation state
• The textuality of the political / the
politics of the text
• Laureateship and poetic fame
• Humanism
• Latin as lingua franca
• Clerk / notary culture
• Cross-fertilization of discourses

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be emailed to Dr Will Rossiter (rossitw@hope.ac.uk) by 1 May 2009.