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Spreading the Word(s): Gossip Between Sin and Salvation

Posted By Kathleen M. Llewellyn, Sunday, May 15, 2016


Gossip is the word on the street, the first line of news, bearer of enthusiasm; in early modern Europe, gossip was also a sin of the tongue.  This session will investigate the dissemination of information from person to person in the early modern era, whether the message be salvation, scandal, or mere scuttlebutt.  Papers can explore the different dimensions of/tensions over popular oral communication in the era of Reformations, such as the potential to be punished for ones words (accused of heresy; accused of slander), the interaction of communication by text and speech, formal versus informal oral communication (sermons vs gossip), and so on.

Please submit your paper proposal by 31 May to Kathleen Llewellyn ( Proposals must include the following: 

  • your name, affiliation, email address
  • a paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum)
  • keywords
  • a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum)

Tags:  communication  Early Modern  gossip  orality  public sphere  sermons 

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