RSA 2023 (San Juan, March 9–11): New Approaches to Early Modern Metaphor

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Hayley Cotter, University of Massachusetts Amherst
contact email: 

“A metaphor,” wrote philosopher Monroe Beardsley in his Aesthetics (1958), “is a miniature poem, and the explication of a metaphor is a model for all explication.” Beardsley recognized the interpretive value of the trope, and metaphor offers a rich site to deepen cultural, artistic, and literary understanding of the early modern period. This panel seeks papers across disciplines that offer new theoretical frameworks for engaging with early modern metaphor. It also aims to foster transdisciplinary dialogue among panelists. Possible topics include visual metaphor, scientific and mathematical metaphor, metaphor in translation, poetic and literary metaphor, legal metaphor, Renaissance theories of metaphor, and problems of interpretation.

This panel will be part of the Renaissance Society of America’s 2023 annual meeting (March 9-11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico).

Please submit a paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), CV, current affiliation, and PhD completion date (past or expected) to Hayley Cotter ( by June 15. Accepted papers will be notified by June 20.

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