[UPDATE] Renaissance Que(e)ries: Un-disciplining the early modern body

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Northeast Modern Language Association Conference 2013
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44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) March 21-24, 2013

Host Institution: Tufts University

In the recent anthology Shakesqueer (2011), Madhavi Menon claims, "Reading Shakespeare as queer rather than queered challenges the rule of chronology and identity that has thus far kept his poems and plays from exercising queer agency." This panel takes up Menon's urge to reconsider the relationship between queer theory and the early modern, welcoming papers that read early modern literature, both Shakespeare and beyond, as a body of queer texts, rather than historically distant productions at which we might look through a contemporary queer lens. This panel is particularly interested in readings that rethink what is queer about, on, and in (material and textual) Renaissance bodies. Possible questions for further inquiry include: How is the body configured and disrupted in Renaissance texts? Why is the Renaissance body particularly apt for queer studies? By reading the Renaissance body as itself capable of engaging queerness, how can we re-articulate understandings of gender and sexuality? Recognizing Zizek's claim that "Richard II proves beyond any doubt that Shakespeare had read Lacan" is a statement on Renaissance texts' capacity to be theoretical rather than historically reflexive, this panel pushes early modern critics to allow the texts to speak for themselves and to articulate their own queerness within the Renaissance. Please submit 300-word abstracts to James Mulder at jamie.mulder@tufts.edu by September 15.

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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.
 Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html