New Politics in Early Modern English Literature

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
contact email: 

Since the advent of new historicism and the later development of cultural materialism, politics have been a topic of interest in early modern literature, and recent studies have asked us to conceive of them in new and broader ways, whether they be environmental, ecological, or cognitive, and to focus on different and overlooked outlets, such as pamphlets, free speech, or emotions.

This panel defines politics as an implementation or projection of governance—by a monarch in a kingdom, the head of a household in a domicile, etc.—and aims to assess early modern literature’s ability to present a wide scope of competing politics or political relations by offering the interpretation and/or voicing of plural or alternate realities.

The panel welcomes fresh research in new historicism or cultural materialism; (eco)feminist, cognitive, and ecological approaches; and studies of race, class, affect, manuscript circulation, and rhetoric, amongst other topics. Although the panel aims to examine politics in the early modern era, studies involving medieval influences or eighteenth-century afterlives are also welcome. 

The Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) will be meeting at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Toronto, Ontario, from 27-30 May 2017. This year's Congress is hosted by Ryerson University.

Please send a proposal of 300-500 words with NO identifying marks, a 100-word abstract, a 50-word biographical statement, and the completed 2017 Proposal Submission Information Sheet to Mark Kaethler at by 1 November 2016.