CFP: Early Modern Witchcraft on Trial (3/15/06; RMMLA, 10/12/06-10/14/06)

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We are now accepting proposals for the 2006 Rocky Mountain MLA convention in
Tucson, October 12-14 2006.

The Special Topic Session: "Early Modern Witchcraft on Trial" is looking for
submissions dealing with the problems of discerning, disputing and
displaying witchcraft and the occult in the fictional and non-fictional literature of
Renaissance Europe. We are looking in particular for cross-disciplinary
approaches that consider literary texts in the context of historical, political,
legal, anthropological and social analyses.

Some of the questions that we hope to address during this session include
how occult occurences are perceived in the Renaissance; how they are
interpreted; and what this interpretation/perception is based on? Ultimately, we would
like to lead discussion towards how the occult is dealt with in the various
types of media available to the early modern world. Who is making/ writing/
printing/ commissioning the news and thus impacting popular opinion? And how
does popular opinion respond to these influences?

Please send 250 word abstracts by March 15th, 2006 to Andrew McCarthy at or Verena Theile at
Attachments should be in Word or RTF format and include a presentation title.

Verena Theile / Andrew McCarthy
Washington State University
Department of English
Pullman, WA 99164-5020

Office Phone: (509) 335-2361

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