Possible Times: Alternative Temporalities in Early Modern Europe
This panel investigates early modern coping strategies that engage both possibility and temporality. Specifically, how do early modern texts model alternative temporalities that evoke revised histories, alternative presents, or potential futures? How might intertextuality, grammatical structures, wordplay, and visual or other paratextual elements signal possibility? And how might alternative temporalities revise early modern subjectivity?
Topics of interest might include:
- Affective orientations
- Memory and memorializing
- Queered histories and (un)historicism
- Political rhetoric
- Utopias or dystopias
- Genealogy and lineation
Because different literary genres allow for diverse modes through which to engage this prompt, we invite papers that interpret sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama, poetry, and prose.
Proposals must include:
- Paper title (15-word maximum)
- Abstract (150-word maximum)
- AV requirements
- Abbreviated CV (300-word maximum, not prose form)