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[UPDATE] Chaucer Spenser Conference University of Bristol
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Dan Geffrey with the New Poete: Reading and Rereading Chaucer and Spenser
There is a persistent discussion between scholars of the medieval and early modern periods about how both periods are conceptualised and about the interrelations between them. How can reading, or rereading, the connections between these two poets contribute to this discussion? Chaucer is customarily read as a poet of the High Middle Ages, whose valorisation of the vernacular had a profound influence on the poetry of subsequent centuries. Spenser is often read as a poet of the High Renaissance for whom continuity with the past (literary and historical) was a paramount issue. What are the connections between these poets and how can they help to shape revisionist discussions about the periodisation of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance? This conference aims to reread the connections between Chaucer and Spenser, in the light of recent critical methodologies and reformulations of historical continuity and difference. The organisers hope to publish a selection of the resultant papers as a single volume, so the following questions seek to elicit contributions that collectively have a sense of coherence, without constraining what contributors wish to discuss.
•How has the relationship between Chaucer and Spenser been read and how can it be re-read?
Please send 300 word proposals for 20 minute papers to firstname.lastname@example.org, including 5-10 keywords highlighting the content of the paper.
***The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, 28th October 2013***
Dan Geffrey with the New Poete: Reading and Rereading Chaucer and Spenser is an international conference at the University of Bristol, Friday 11th – Sunday 13th July 2014, supported by the Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies.
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For updates and further information, please see the conference website http://www.bris.ac.uk/arts/research/events/2012/1435.html or, follow us on twitter @chaucerspenser