Deadline Extended: Spenser's Afterlives (RSA 2019)

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
International Spenser Society/Renaissance Society of America

This panel is a broad call for papers on Spenser's Afterlives: How have people read his poetry? What have people done with his poetry?  Possible topics include: Spenser's immediate imitators (e.g. Giles and Phineas Fletcher); translations of Spenser (e.g. the Latin translations of The Shepheardes Calendar in the 17th c.); The Faerie Queene as children's literature; Spenser's influence on Milton, Melville, or Hawthorne; Spenser's influence on 20th and 21st century fantasy literature (Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Michael Moorcock, Philip Pullman); the Poet's Poet; the afterlife of the Spenserian Stanza (Keats, Byron, Shelley); reception history; the history of Spenser criticism (from New Critics to High Theory); the history of editions (including the contemporary Spenser Lab at University of Washington, St. Louis); Spenser's place in the modern university (from pedagogical treatments of the 18th-century to your classroom); Victorian Spenser; Spenserand the Gothic.  Why have people continued to read Spenser?  How have people continued to read Spenser?  What will Spenser's poetry look like in the future?  Did Spenser’s poetry anticipate and attempt to shape its own afterlife? Please submit the following materials to Colleen Rosenfeld ( by August 1 to be considered for inclusion: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Please note that RSA is very strict about word count: the system will not accept entries that go beyond the maximum limit.