Travel in English Literature (RSA Toronto, March 17-19, 2019)

deadline for submissions: 
August 5, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Renaissance Society of America
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This is a guaranteed session that considers representations of travel in English Renaissance literature. Given the regular movement of persons and merchandise between England and Continental Europe and the incipient development of English interests in the New World, travel is central to the evolution of an English national identity. At the same time, an idea of travel profoundly subtends humanist models of education, which generally present their material as objects of translatio across time and place. This panel aims to explore how early modern writers conceptualize travel, and how they respond to travel’s capacity to register both physical and imaginative experiences.

Individual papers may consider (but are not limited to) representations of transcontinental or transatlantic travel; humanist conceptions of translatio; linguistic change and its relationship to travel or physical movement; representations of temporal movement; the establishment and/or traversal of national, cultural, or geographical boundaries; the status or reception of foreigners in England; Renaissance theories of migration; and other related topics.

Please send paper proposals, including a title (15-word maximum) and abstract (150-word maximum) to Joe Ortiz (RSA Discipline Representative) at by August 5, 2018.