New Directions for Rhetorical Studies in Early Modern Literature

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Mark Kaethler and Anton Bergstrom / Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies
contact email: 

Rhetoric and literature obviously have an intricate shared history in early modern studies evidenced by the likes of George Puttenham’s Art of English Poesie (1579) among other manuals and treatises, but studies continue to demonstrate that there is more to be examined at this scholarly intersection. By applying research in cognitive studies, for instance, Raphael Lyne offers a new perspective on Shakespeare’s use of rhetoric, and in a forthcoming piece Michael Ullyot and Adam Bradley employ digital technologies in order to study the applications of rhetorical tropes like gradatio in early modern drama more broadly. This panel seeks to discuss what other innovations or findings are possible with or without novel applications. Is it possible to reconsider George Pecham’s Garden of Eloquence in light of recent environmental or ecological interests? Can we find renewed possibilities in Joel B. Altman’s earlier work on dramatic literature’s reliance upon the rhetorical tradition? What new appreciations of non-dramatic texts can be gained from an examination of rhetoric?

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to Anton Bergstrom at and Mark Kaethler at by 30 November 2017.

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Congress) represents an annual gathering of Canadian scholarly societies. The Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (CSRS) will be convening at Congress, held this year at the University of Regina, Regina, SK, from 26 May 2017 to 28 May 2017.