[UPDATE] Spenser's Afflicted Style at RSA 2016 (3/31/2016 - 4/2/2016)

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Renaissance Society of America / International Spenser Society

Sponsored by the International Spenser Society for RSA 2016 in Boston

What is the interpretive value of Spenser's style? George Puttenham in his Art of English Poesy (1589) suggests both that style discloses the "disposition of the writer's mind" and that style changes according to "the nature of his subject." What is the function of style in faerie land? This panel invites abstracts exhibiting a range of approaches to the problem of style in Edmund Spenser's poetry. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: archaisms, the canon of elocutio, tics, habits, addictions, impersonations, symptoms, imitation, selection, figures of speech, the Spenserian stanza, characteristic treatments, grammatical constructions, deviations, singularities, writing practice, the relationship between style and stile, and illustrative comparisons.

Please submit the following materials to J.K. Barret (jkbarret@austin.utexas.edu) by May 31 to be considered for inclusion: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Please note that RSA is very strict about word count: the system will not accept entries that go beyond the maximum limit.