CFP: Exploring Early Modern Regions (3/15/06; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Emily S. Smith

"Every region neere": Explorations in gendered, generic, historical, and
geographic regions, 1500-1700

I have recently been contacted by Cambridge Scholars Press about possibly
editing a volume on early modern approaches to region, and I am interested in
soliciting abstracts for contributions that consider gendered, generic, or
geographic regions in early modern texts.

Whether exploring the intersections between gendered self-fashioning and
regional identity, inventing imagined regions, endorsing ecocritical versions
of place and region, negotiating tensions between geography and identity,
developing specific domestic regions within a household framework, or
articulating differences in regional dialect or forms of polyglottism, early
modern texts were constantly reworking regions at material, ideological, and
intellectual levels. By looking at ways in which early modern writers
dismantled, elaborated, heightened, or constructed ideas of regional identity,
this collection should demonstrate ways in which early modern texts made "every
region neere" while exposing how far we are from understanding the different
geographical, linguistic, textual, generic, and ideological boundaries that
demarcated particular regions of the early modern world.

Submissions that look at liminal geographic, linguistic, and textual regions
are particularly welcome. Possible avenues of inquiry might investigate
different "regions" of the early modern books, cartographic representations of
regions, household regions, and dialect regions, among many other topics.

Please contact Emily Smith for additional
information or to submit an abstract. To receive full consideration, please
send a brief abstract for a 20-30 page paper before March 15, 2006. Early
proposals are welcome.

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