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Voices of the Renaissance (11/1/2009, CEA 3/25-27/2010)
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Lynne Simpson and Kerri Tom, College English Association
“Voices of the Renaissance,” CEA 2010 Annual Conference
March 25-27, 2010
Polonius cautions, “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice” (Ham. 1.3). How does “voice” define—or confine--us? Whose voices emerge during the Renaissance? Whose are excluded or marginalized? And why should we still listen? We invite papers on Renaissance literature in relation to the theme of “voices” for the 41th annual meeting of the College English Association, a collegial gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies.
General Conference Theme: Voices
Before and after the struggle there, writers everywhere have reflected and influenced the events of their day, and from their experience, the great writers have created texts that have become ageless connections to what is past, or passing, or to come.
Their voices also call for us to acknowledge or recognize beauty or to realize or remember significant lessons -- perhaps via a character like Professor Farber from Fahrenheit 451 or a place like a raft on a river in Huckleberry Finn -- with an urgency no less than the Alamo’s. This correspondence we find within ourselves is our human condition -- but it is the capacity to listen for and to those whose message or memory is unlike our own that makes us scholars. Our voices blend with those we admire or abhor -- creating a text, which (if it stands the test of taste and time) will blend with still other voices, like those of our students, newly discovering “a peak in Darien”-- all wishing to be heard and remembered.
In the shadow of San Antonio’s famous symbol of voices that call for attention and allegiance, College English Association asks you to submit papers on any aspect of the theme of Voices.
General Call for Papers
Submission: September 1-November 1, 2009
Thank you for your interest,
Lynne M. Simpson
and Kerri Lynne Tom