Duality in the Early Modern Period

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Mark J. Radomski / University of Wisconsin-Madison / Midwest Modern Language Association
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Special Sessions Call for Papers

“Duality in the Early Modern Period”

Midwest Modern Language Association

Chicago, IL

November 14-17


In “Beyond Utopia and Paradise: Cortés, Bernal Díaz and the Rhetoric of Consecration” David Boruchoff notes how Hernan Cortés’ description of the Aztec Empire creates a dualism in which references to buildings and cities in the Iberian Peninsula help to convey images of the New World to his audience (336). Doubling here represents a valuable tool that can help explain new information to an unaware reader. However, doubling can also be viewed as a way in which one propagates power in newly encountered spaces, as Cortes’ account details Spanish names replacing those of indigenous villages and metropolises. This session seeks to examine what purpose doubling serves in the literary works of the early modern period. What do duplicate names of places like New Spain or New Amsterdam hope to convey? What happens when an author retells or makes a sequel to someone else’s work? What are the implications of such actions? Papers can address texts in any language and the panel will be conducted in English.


Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to mradomski@wisc.edu by April 15th, 2019.