Early Modern Paratexts: A Work in Progress Seminar - Friday 25th July, 2013
This one-day event seeks to gather together scholars working on paratexts in early modern literature, to share and survey current research, to generate new lines of enquiry and to create opportunities for collaboration. 300-word proposals are invited for 20 minute papers. Research that is speculative, or still in development, is welcome alongside pieces that are further progressed. Some topics and questions for consideration might be:
Paratexts in particular genres
Papers that focus on particular kinds of paratexts (prologues, epilogues, glosses, arguments etc)
The paratexts of a particular author or printer
Considerations of how paratexts function differently with printed texts than they do with texts in other media
Discussions of the various editions of a particular work or group of works
Paratexts in translation
The interaction of image and text
Investigations of how paratexts shape, or are shaped by, authorship and/or reading practices
How do paratexts shape or structure material texts?
Enquiries into the usefulness of the term 'paratext' in the period. What are its limits/benefits? Are there alternative models that are useful/better (e.g. parergon, frame theory)?
Is it possible to generalise about how paratexts function in early modern literature?
When is a paratext not a paratext?
Does the paratext exist?
Please include 5-10 keywords in all proposals.
The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 1st February, 2013, with decisions on submissions to be circulated by Friday 1st March.
Please send all submissions and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org