CFP: [Medieval] Conference: Handle with Care: Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Spenser

full name / name of organization: 
William Thomas Rossiter
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Handle with Care: Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Spenser
Venue: Liverpool Hope University, UK
Date: 4-5 July 2009
Keynote Speaker: Professor John Watkins (University of Minnesota)

Proposals are invited for a conference which will examine the interrelated
roles of the author and the diplomat in the late medieval, early modern
and Renaissance periods. Many of the key figures in European literature â€"
Dante, Petrarch, Chaucer, Wyatt, Sidney, Machaut and Froissart, to name
but a few â€" were also highly-skilled ambassadors and diplomats. This
conference will investigate the perceived interrelationship between the
roles of author and ambassador, the extent to which the literary permeated
the political, and vice versa. Possible topics may include, but are not
limited to:

• The changing role of the poet-diplomat
• Poetry as propaganda
• Translation and intercultural studies
• The development of the nation state
• The textuality of the political / the politics of the text
• Laureateship and poetic fame
• Humanism
• Latin as lingua franca
• Clerk / notary culture
• Cross-fertilization of discourses

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be emailed to Dr Will Rossiter
( by 1 May 2009. Selected papers from the conference
proceedings to be published.

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