Early Modern Science and the Grotesque [4/28/2016; Commission on Literature & Science, Austria Sept 7-9]
This panel probes the representation of the grotesque and science in early modern European discourse, whether in the travel narrative or other literary discourse, such as memoirs, letters, notes on experiments, or even the publications from various royal societies. The narrative may, in fact, be factual or fictional, published or in manuscript form. While the definition of the term "grotesque" and its context is relatively open, the grotesque must be clear and it must connect with early modern science and literary discourse in some immediate way. For this panel, I will consider early modern as dating from 1500 to 1700. Please forward by April 28, 2016 an abstract of 250 words and a vita to J. A. Hayden, University of Tampa at firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference is in Pöllau, Austria on 7-9 September 2016.