CFP: “Spenser’s Duplicity: Copies, Facsimiles, and Simulacra in the Work of Edmund Spenser” GEMCS 10/22-25/09; 5/17/09

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Kris McAbee / UCSB; Jessica C. Murphy / UT-Dallas
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Archimago’s creation of Una’s double at the end of the first canto of The Faerie Queene exposes a critical tension at work throughout his poetry: namely, the formation of facsimiles. How is it that Una, the very embodiment of unity, can have a double, not to mention an evil counterpart like Fidessa—who is herself redoubled in her own alter-ego, Duessa?

This panel aims to tackle the confusions and consequences of the virtual glut of copies, replications, and doubles at work in the poetry of Edmund Spenser. Possible topics include:
• Characters and Counterparts
• Mirrors and Reflection
• Copies and Reprints
• Simulacra

We invite proposals for 10-minute papers on the culture of the copy in Spenser’s poetry for a panel at GEMCS 2009 in Dallas, TX, October 22-25. ( Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent in the body of an email to Kris McAbee (UCSB) and Jessica C. Murphy (UT-Dallas), care of Kris McAbee:, by May 17, 2009.

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