Recent scholarship has noted the importance of viewing medieval manuscripts at many stages of their “lives”, not merely confined to the mechanics of their production and the immediate contexts of their creation, but also viewing them within each cultural context that they encountered throughout their existence. This session aims to apply this approach to manuscripts of medieval mystical, visionary, or prophetic/revelatory texts, examining their reception and use long after their original composition and the lives of their authors. These genres produced some of the most provocative and controversial texts of the Middle Ages, with often complicated reception histories.
Every play imagines its own world—but the worlds they imagine must in some way connect with their audience, both past and present. This panel invites perspectives on early modern English drama that considers the balance between these two poles: the imagined world of the setting and its connection to the surrounding culture in early modern England. This balance is particularly important in early modern English drama for both historical reasons—an increased awareness of other worlds and their different reality within the expanding cultural purview of the early modern English—and literary ones—since so much criticism of these plays has focused on their relation to early modern England itself to the exclusion of their frequently quite disparate settings.
Please consider submitting an abstract to the following session at the NeMLA's 49th Convention that will take place April 12-15, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PA:
Ancient Myth and National Spaces in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
In this current age of resurgent nationalism, questions of national origin and legitimation take on a new importance. This panel, which welcomes submissions from scholars working within or across different national literary traditions, will explore the use of ancient myth in justifications of territorial conquests and the defense and legitimation of national spaces.
Issues that papers may address include (but are not limited to):
Ancient and pseudo-ancient foundation myths
2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage, a member of the family who gave us the first purpose-built theatre in Shakespeare's London. By exploring his life, and those around him, historians have been able to unearth much valuable information about the early modern theatre industry. Scholarship about other theatre people – prompted by their work, the archive, or both – has similarly added to our knowledge of the theatre in Shakespeare's time. We have learnt about the period's theatre from Philip Henslowe's diary, Anthony Munday's pageants, Richard Brome's contract, and George Wilkins' lawsuits.
Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
The IASEMS Graduate Conference at the British Institute of Florence
Call for Papers
CONVERSIONS IN EARLY MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE
Florence, 20 April 2018
Abstract submission deadline: 29 October 2017
In light of expanding literary theories contributing to a better understanding of emotions and affects in literary texts, this panel will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss various new and important perspectives on the representation of emotions in Italian literature and art.
Proposals that analyze early modern through contemporary Italian literary production are welcome. We seek papers exploring the manner in which writers convey emotions to their readers, to the literary community of their day and to their society at large.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites essay submissions for Volume Five on the theme of ‘Representations and Recollections of Empire’.
In its broadest sense, empire as a term is used to describe a state or cluster of lands and states ruled by a monarch or emperor. With its implications of wide and far reaching dominion, empire as a concept also lends itself to a broad range of subject areas that may consider a number of cultural groups and historical periods, concepts of power and dominance, influence and control. Topics may include but are not limited to:
This panel invites trans-historical and trans-disciplinary examinations of pre-modern disability studies, focusing particularly on the construction of the devotional subject across the lines of periodicity. Medievalists and early modernists working in the burgeoning field of disability studies have shown that “disability” was an operative category in premodern texts, with subjects constituted by different or “non-standard” bodies, minds, and spirits. This roundtable proposes to extend this conversation by turning to religious experience and devotion, an important discursive field for the construction of identity by marginalized and/or minority groups.
-NeMLA 2018 in Pittsburgh, Emotional Nation, National Emotions in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature Recent scholarship has acknowledged the importance of emotions in the premodern and medieval periods, notably how they were an important part of community building, as well as of political, intellectual, and religious worlds. This panel will explore how emotions were used in literature about the nascent idea of the French nation. If the French kingdom was “naturally” built around the image of the sovereign, some events weakened and threatened its power, even causing profound institutional crises.
Joint Conference of the
Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association and Medieval Association of the Pacific
“Memory and Remembrance in the Middle Ages and Renaissance”University of Nevada, Las VegasLas Vegas, NevadaApril 12-15, 2018