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Readings and Representations of the Seventeenth Century: 28th-29th January 2011
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Joel Swann and James Smith, Keele University and University of Manchester
‘Such Total and Prodigious Alteration’ / ‘The Wounds May Be Again Bound Up’:
Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 28th-29th January, 2011
During the restoration and eighteenth century, the civil war period was consistently represented as a traumatic break in the history of England and the British Isles, separating the institutionally and culturally modern Augustans from either the primitiveness or idealised simplicity of the earlier epoch. Today, much academic practice silently repeats the period’s self-representation as a century divided between pre and post civil war cultures, whether in research, job descriptions or in undergraduate survey courses. Among the effects of this division of labour is a tendency for the earlier ‘Renaissance’ decades to be privileged over the restoration, which is frequently treated as a poor relation to the eighteenth century.
This conference provides a forum for researchers in all disciplines whose work spans all or any part of the long seventeenth century. As our titular quotations from Clarendon’s *History of the Rebellion* and Swift’s sermon ‘On the Martyrdom of King Charles I’ suggest, we also encourage papers on subsequent imaginings of the period that have contributed to or contested the ways in which it is read today.
Concerns include but are not limited to:
Confirmed speakers include Rosanna Cox (Kent), Jeremy Gregory (Manchester), Helen Pierce (York), George Southcombe (Oxford), Jeremy Tambling (Manchester), Edward Vallance (Roehampton), Jerome de Groot (Manchester).
Please send abstracts of 300-500 words to James Smith (Manchester) and Joel Swann (Keele) by 15th October 2010: firstname.lastname@example.org. We particularly encourage the participation of postgraduate students, whose attendance will be generously supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies.
Go to http://www.chethams.org.uk/c17conference.html for more information.