Nature in the Renaissance (for CEA April 4-6, 2013/ abstracts due by 11/1)

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Lynne M. Simpson / College English Association
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The College English Association, a collegial gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on "Nature in the Renaissance" for our 44th annual conference in Savannah. Essays might usefully explore the construction of human nature in 16th and 17th century British literature or the "nature" of the period itself or its rich and varied literature. How is the natural world represented? What is the nature of familial or social bonds? What constitutes "natural" and therefore normative behavior, belief, or philosophy? Or how does the literature depict that which is "unnatural" or abnormal? Please submit your proposal on-line at

April 4-6, 2013 | Savannah, Georgia
CEA 2013 will be held at the
Savannah Riverfront Marriott:
100 General McIntosh Boulevard,
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone (912) 233-7722; Fax (912) 233-3765.

Conference Theme: Nature
In earlier centuries, "Nature" set the parameters, as Philip Round states,"of conversations about everything from church doctrine to village order."
Often discussions of gender, character, authorship, and even civil discourse turned to questions of "customary precedent and natural law." By the
twentieth century "nature" was used to delineate the new literary study of "nature writing," while also used in broader terms to question the changing nature of our society with the onset of the digital age,postmodernism, new views of gender and race construction, and even changes within academia. What is the "nature" of the academia today? How has the "nature" of publishing and authorship changed with the digital age? How has the "nature" of our profession changed? In what ways does "nature" define us? Or do we define "nature?" For our 2013 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that explore the literary,the pedagogical, and the professional "nature" of our field.

Abstract submission dates: September 25-November 1, 2012

For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at

All presenters at the 2013 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2013. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email me at or contact CEA directly at

Sincerely yours,

Lynne M. Simpson, Ph.D.
CEA Board Member and
Professor of English
Presbyterian College
503 South Broad Street
Clinton, SC 29325