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The Limits of Rhetorical Theory in Early Modern English Writing

Posted By Drew J. Scheler, Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 27, 2016

This session considers the ways in which rhetorical theory was put into practice in early modern English writing, focusing specifically on the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is particularly interested in studies of authors who confronted, overcame, negotiated, or avoided limits when applying rhetorical theory in a specific context or occasion. It construes the notion of “limit” broadly to include any number of rhetorical situations, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Discrepancies between rhetorical theory and practice
  • Rhetorically-negotiated social, emotional, political, or spiritual boundaries
  • The constraints that a genre (especially poetry) puts on rhetorical practice 
  • Liminal spaces and liminal encounters, both real and imagined
  • Historical distance and linguistic difference

Paper proposals that investigate any of these topics (or pursue their own) are welcome, so long as they consider how English writers put rhetorical theory into practice. Please contact Drew J. Scheler ( by June 1st with proposals.

This panel will be offered in coordination the Rhetoric discipline. All proposals should include:

  • A description of the paper (500 words max)
  • A 150-word abstract
  • A 300-word CV (nota prose bio) including name, institutional affiliation, and contact information
  • AV Requirements
  • Paper Keywords


Tags:  Classics  communication  education  England  humanism  intellectual history  interdisciplinary  literature  rhetoric 

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