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Andrew Marvell Society

Posted By Alessandro C. Garganigo, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sponsored Sessions Call: Andrew Marvell Society

1. Marvell in Theory: For decades, historicism has been the default for Marvell criticism because it works so well, adapting quickly to the changing products of a time when poetry was politics.  But historicism has at times avoided explicit theorizing about its own conditions of production and consumption.  Building on its manifest successes, we welcome a new influx of consciously theoretical approaches to a poet and satirist who bridged many different worlds.  These include, among others: Marxism, feminism, gender and sexuality studies, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, cognitive/evolutionary studies, science studies, ethical criticism, ecocriticism, object studies, gesture studies, and ability studies.

2. Marvell and the Kiltic Fringe: After discussions began about a proposed union of England and Scotland in 1669, Marvell indicated his support in The Loyal Scot.  His constituency letters advertise an alertness to developments in Scotland and other parts of the Celtic fringe.  In Scaevola Scoto-Brittannus Marvell lionizes a failed assassin of the Scottish Primate, James Sharpe.  Thus, papers would be welcome on any topic related to Marvell’s representations of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, as well as of border regions like Yorkshire -- the latter Marvell’s birthplace and soon-to-be-host of his 400th birthday celebrations in 2021.

3. Thinking with Marvell: It is axiomatic that literature encodes mental process, that skilled writers deploy genre, style, imagery, and figures of speech to propagate ideas and ways of thinking.  Given that so many of Marvell’s poems fixate on the human mind, often “Annihilating all that’s made / To a green thought in a green shade,” we should continue to investigate the varieties of thinking encouraged by the speech-acts in his lyrics and satires.  How, for example, do Marvellian similes differ from their Miltonic and Shakespearean counterparts?  What do his other figures and genres perform (and invite us to perform) in thought, word, and deed?  How can we use Marvell to advance our own thinking about a rapidly changing world?

For all three sessions, please send a title, 150-word abstract, 300-word CV, keywords, and A/V requirements to Alex Garganigo ( by June 5, 2017.

Tags:  Andrew Marvell  Britain  history  literature  lyric  satire  theory 

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