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The Aesthetic in Early Modern England

Posted By Emily Shortslef, Thursday, May 18, 2017

This panel invites papers that consider the category of the aesthetic in relation to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English drama, poetry, and prose. How do early modern writers conceptualize the work of art? What are the discursive sites in which aesthetic ideas are explored? To what extent does a pre-Kantian notion of art as non-instrumental exist in the period alongside more familiar notions of art as didactic? How might aesthetic theories illuminate early modern texts? What are the possibilities of a renewed aesthetic criticism?    

Possible topics might include:

-the aesthetic practices of particular writers or texts

-the relation between artwork and social world

-the imbrication of aesthetics and politics

-the utopian potential of art

-considerations of aesthetic form

-the relation between literary aesthetics and other forms of art

-the relation between aesthetics and affect

-art as critique

To submit a proposal, please send a 150-word abstract and current CV to Emily Shortslef ( and Emily Vasiliauskas ( by June 1.

Tags:  aesthetics  affect  art  drama  early modern  imagination  literature 

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