Time: Medieval, Early Modern

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James Howard / Emory University
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Temporality has long been a preoccupation for the study of early English literature between the 8th and 17th centuries, whether in terms of our own disciplinary boundaries, the periodization of the past, systems of keeping time, or perceptions of the passage of time. In the past 18 months, both Stephen Greenblatt (The Swerve) and Carolyn Dinshaw (How Soon Is Now) have published monographs pondering, in different ways, how boundaries between the medieval and the modern develop and how they are crossed. This SAMLA special session seeks 15-20 minute papers discussing the treatment of time in the medieval and early modern period.

Topics might intersect with:
- multimodal representations of time (image/text/context)
- recent theorizations of time
- strange kinds of time
- timekeeping methods
- time and theology, pre- or post-reformation
- medieval and early modern as times
- the interstitial time of the 15th century
- the development or bending of narrative time
- time as related to kinds of tempo and motion
- mortality and age
- time as related to genre (romance, sonnet, alliterative verse)
- nostalgia and desire

Please send an abstract of 300 words attached as a Word document by June 10th to James Howard at Emory University (jwhowa2@emory.edu).