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England from Abroad: Early Modern Representations of England from the European Continent

Posted By Kelsey Ihinger, Thursday, May 12, 2016

Papers are sought for a special session proposal exploring early modern representations of England from continental Europe. Papers related, but not limited, to the following questions are welcome: How was England or how were its monarchs represented from the European continent as a result of the religious conflicts that emerged between Protestants and Catholics during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? In the case of Spain, was the relentless negative propaganda produced about Spain in England met with an equally harsh representation of the English people or crown in texts published from the Peninsula? Did religious difference produce animosity apparent in the representation of this frequently antagonistic northern neighbor? In France, how did changing religious attitudes determine the representation of the English in print? Were Protestant nations in Europe kinder in their representation of the English than were their Catholic adversaries? While papers are welcome from the English perspective, we hope to focus primarily on how the continent viewed England in order to better understand how this up-and-coming power in European and global politics was perceived by its continental adversaries and allies. 

Please send a 150-word abstract with five key words and a 300-word CV to Kelsey Ihinger (ihinger@wisc.edu). Proposals must be received by Sunday, 29 May.

Tags:  Anglo-Spanish relations  connected histories  early modern  Early Modern Spain  England  transnational literatures 

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