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Imagining the New World: Poets in the Age of Discovery

Posted By Myron McShane, Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Recently, Ayesha Ramachandran’s Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe re-emphasized the role of epic poets in reconceptualising a changing world in the Age of Discovery.  This panel proposes to further explore the relationship between poetry and the New World.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Poetic genres and New World travel literature

The contrast between verse and prose accounts of the New World

The relation between verse paratexts and verse/prose travel literature

Poetic representations of the New World vs. Old World travel accounts

The use and/or avoidance of classical models in poetic treatments

Please contact Myron McShane at before June 3rd with a paper title, proposed abstracts (150 words or less), a brief CV (300 words or less) and relevant keywords. 

For more information, please consult the RSA submission guidelines at:

Tags:  book history  early modern  Literature  New World  paratexts  poetics 

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