CFP: [Renaissance] Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature

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David Coleman
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Call for Papers

Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature

Institute of English Studies, University of London (UK)
2 April 2009

Keynote Speakers: Tom Healy, Willy Maley

The first decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed an explosion
of interest in religious texts and communities among scholars of early
modern literature. While this is in part a reaction to global politics â€"
religious politics have been in the media spotlight for the best part of
the decade â€" the intensity of the interest also derives from more local
concerns, from a professional dissatisfaction with the failure of earlier
generations of historicist critics to illuminate fully the relationship
between religion and literature in the early modern period.

This one-day conference aims to build on this renewed interest in early
modern religion, to explore the significance of ‘regional’ religious
and/or textual communities in early modern Britain and Ireland. Papers
are sought which address the conference themes, although contributions
will be particularly welcome which focus on any of the following: the
development of sectarian identities and/or religious intolerance; the
relationship between the ‘religious’ and the ‘secular’; the network of
discourses surrounding religion, ethnicity and culture which emerge in
the early modern period and/or their links with contemporary issues; the
regional context of both canonical writers and lesser-known texts and
communities; the political/intellectual implications of
critical/historical methodology.

250-300 word proposals should be sent to the conference organiser, Dr
David Coleman, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
(, by 26 September 2008.

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