[UPDATE] - CFP: Transcending Realism in Early Modern Utopias: Reading Worlds Through the Lens of Theory and Practice

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Transcending Realism in Early Modern Utopias: Reading Worlds Through the Lens of Theory and Practice
Southeast Renaissance Conference, SAMLA Affiliate
SAMLA 2016 - Jacksonville, Florida, November 4-6, 2016
Dr. Ruth McIntyre, Kennesaw State University

2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the first printing of Thomas More's Utopia, the text that created and provided the name for its own genre. Since the appearance of More's text, utopias have been imagined as unreal realities and worlds where people exist according to a specific vision of an author, whose aim might be justice, art, or an imagined reality with a specific agenda. In light of the recent two volumes of The Return of Theory in Early Modern English Studies, this panel seeks papers about early modern utopias informed by recent theoretical perspectives.

Possible topics might include:
• Utopia and Body Studies
• Utopia and Place and Space
• Utopia and Geocriticism
• Utopia and Affect Studies
• Utopia and Historical Phenomenology
• Utopia and Transcendental Realism/Object Oriented Ontology

Possible questions to answer might include:
1. How can theoretical approaches to utopian literature help us better understand their complexities?
2. How might theoretical concepts help move us beyond the binary utopia/dystopia categorization?

We request abstracts that address theoretical considerations of utopias as a mode of creating and transcending the real and everyday into the imaginary realm and vice versa. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts along with a brief bio or a one page C.V. to: Dr. Ruth McIntyre, rmcinty1@kennesaw.edu.