We Run This Town: Dynastic Literature in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Cities

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Tylar Colleluori
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We Run This Town: Dynastic Literature

in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Cities


CfP: NeMLA’s 50th Anniversary Convention

Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2019


Family was at the center of the complex system of literary and artistic patronage present in the transnational space that was the Medieval and Renaissance Italian city. Dynastic structures of political rule and influence had a profound effect on the production, publication, and translation of literary works throughout the Italian peninsula during this time. The networks of familial and patron relations can be explored from countless different theoretical perspectives, by focusing on topics such as inter-court exchanges and collaborations, the dialectic between city and court, concepts of social, political, and familial hierarchy, the role of women within the family and the city, and the very literature written from within or excluded from these familial networks.


This panel welcomes papers that examine the role of the dynastic family in literary production within the civic context of Medieval and Early Modern Italy, as well as the portrayal of family within this literature itself. How does literature support or subvert the dynastic families that controlled much of the Italian peninsula? From Dante to Tasso, how did Italian writers portray or parody their patrons and the systems of power that upheld them? We especially encourage papers that examine lesser-known families, the role of women in these networks of power, inter-court or transnational relations, and those that employ interdisciplinary approaches.


Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to the NeMLA website by September 30, 2018: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17488