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This blog is for CFPs for sessions in literature for RSA 2018 New Orleans. Members may post CFPs here: sign in to RSA and select "add new post" to do so. Your post should include a title, and the CFP itself should be no longer than 250 words. Adding tags (key words) to your post will help others find your CFP. Make sure the CFP includes the organizer's name, email address or mail-to link for email address, and a deadline for proposals. Non-members may email to post a CFP. Please use the email address of the session organizer posted in the CFP to submit a paper proposal. CFPs are posted in order of receipt, with the newest postings appearing at the top of the blog. Members may subscribe to the blog to be notified when new CFPs are posted: click on the word Subscribe next to the green checkmark above.


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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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Thomas More in history, literature, and theology

Posted By Emily A. Ransom, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On the heels of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the International Association for Thomas More Studies is continuing to garner enthusiasm for Thomas More studies among both rising and established scholars at the Renaissance Society of America annual meeting (New Orleans, March 22–24).  Any research relating to Thomas More is invited, including:

  • Utopia (and utopias, law, transatlantic studies, travel literature, satire, etc.)
  • Richard III (and historiography, tyranny, drama, influence on Shakespeare, etc.)
  • The epigrams (and translation, poetic theory, polemics, proverbs, jestbooks, afterlife, etc.)
  • Reformation controversy (and law, ecclesiology, consensus, polemics, rhetoric, biblical translation, Luther, Tyndale, Henry VIII, etc.)
  • Martyrdom (and consolation, devotion, historiography, afterlife, competing literary legacies, Shakespeare’s Book of Thomas More, etc.)

To submit a proposal, please send a 150-word abstract and current CV to Emily Ransom ( by June 1.  Proposals will be considered as they come with a fast turn-around time.  Scholars at any stage of their careers are warmly welcome.

Tags:  devotion  Historiography  humanism  martyrdom  poetry  politics  Religion  rhetoric  translation 

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Catholicism in England

Posted By Kristin M. Bezio, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sponsored Session Call: Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association

We are seeking paper proposals which examine Catholicism in England during and after the Henrician Reformation up to the Restoration. We are interested in papers employing a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, including history, literature (and drama), religious studies, art history, and/or digital humanities. We are interested in both pro- and anti-Catholic perspectives about and within England post-Reformation.

Please send 150-word abstracts, 300-word CVs, and contact information to on or before June 1, 2017. 

You will be notified of inclusion in the panel proposal by June 5th.

Tags:  drama  early modern  history  Literature 

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Possible Times: Alternative Temporalities in Early Modern Europe

Posted By Emily King, Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This panel investigates early modern coping strategies that engage both possibility and temporality. Specifically, how do early modern texts model alternative temporalities that evoke revised histories, alternative presents, or potential futures? How might intertextuality, grammatical structures, wordplay, and visual or other paratextual elements signal possibility? And how might alternative temporalities revise early modern subjectivity?

Topics of interest might include:

·      Affective orientations

·      Memory and memorializing

·      Queered histories and (un)historicism

·      Political rhetoric

·      Utopias or dystopias

·      Genealogy and lineation

·      Anachronism

Because different literary genres allow for diverse modes through which to engage this prompt, we invite papers that interpret sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama, poetry, and prose.

 Proposals must include:

·      Paper title (15-word maximum)

·      Abstract (150-word maximum)

·      Keywords

·      AV requirements

·      Abbreviated CV (300-word maximum, not prose form)

Please note that RSA’s submission system will not accept entries that exceed the stated word count. Submit proposals by June 1st to Emily King ( and Kathryn Will (

Tags:  affect  history  imagination  literature  memory  potentiality  queer theory  temporality 

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Marsilio Ficino

Posted By Valery Rees, Monday, May 15, 2017

Extending the deadline for proposals on Marsilio Ficino.

I am happy to be able now to take proposals up to 26th May for papers related to any aspect of the life and work of Marsilio Ficino or other members of his circle.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to take part

Valery Rees

Tags:  astrology  history  history of medicine  literature  magic  philosophy  religion 

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Composers as Readers in the Renaissance

Posted By Eugenio Refini, Monday, May 15, 2017
Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Composers as Readers in the Renaissance

To what extent and in what ways can we consider musical settings of poems forms of commentary on the texts? How do composers engage with the interpretation of the lyrics through their musical settings? How do musical settings of poems compare to textual commentaries? In which ways does a musical setting explain or enlighten the semantic and stylistic values of a given text? Can we read musical settings as forms of literary criticism? In order to explore these questions, we invite paper proposals addressing any form of musical setting in the Renaissance, including madrigals, opera, etc. Papers on methodological issues are also welcome. Proposals should include the following:

- a paper title (15-word maximum)

- abstract (150-word maximum)

- keywords

- a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted.

Please review the submission guidelines on the RSA website:

Paper proposals should be sent to Eleonora Stoppino ( and Eugenio Refini ( by May 31, 2017. 

Tags:  commentary  literary criticism  Literature  madrigals  music  musical settings  opera  poetry 

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2018 session on Italian Theatre

Posted By Janet L. Smarr, Saturday, May 13, 2017
I am organizing a session for the 1918 RSA -- or two sessions if there are enough good papers-- on the topic of Italian Theatre. Please send your abstract to by the end of May. 

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Shakespeare's Music

Posted By Katherine B. Attie, Saturday, May 13, 2017

This panel invites papers related to musical imagery and musical performance in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Welcoming approaches ranging from musically inspired close readings to historical accounts of the place of music and musicians in and around the theaters of early modern London, the panel seeks to foster a conversation about the relationship between musical language in the plays and musical praxis on the stage.  Possible topics include songs and ballads within plays; the professional player as singer; musical instruments; musical interludes; the music of masques; the music of the everyday; musical metaphors and political thought (e.g., civic order as concord and hierarchy as harmony); the music of the spheres; music as a “universal” language; music and cognition; music and affect; representations of the Orpheus myth.

Please submit a proposal (150-word maximum), paper title (15-word maximum), and abbreviated CV (300-word maximum) by June 1st to Katherine Attie ( 

Tags:  Drama  Early Modern  Literature  Music  Shakespeare 

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Instruments of Power

Posted By Christopher Brown, Friday, May 12, 2017

This interdisciplinary panel or series of panels will examine the relationship between our objects of study and power, between material objects of human creativity, authority, and influence. How does literature, art, architecture, science, theater, philosophy, cartography, music, or historiography become a means of advancing, suppressing, questioning, and/or subverting power? How does the creation, use, manipulation, and/or reception of a given work affect its status as an instrument of power? How does the representation of certain objects, figures, or spaces within a given work become an exploration of power dynamics? We welcome both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary papers from all fields of study and all national traditions on works between 1300-1700.


Please submit your proposal (150-word maximum), along with paper title (15-word maximum) and brief CV (300-word maximum) by June 1st at 11:59 pm EST to Christopher Brown ( and Sanam Nader-Esfahani (

Tags:  agency  authority  influence  interdisciplinary  objects  power  power dynamics 

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CFP: The Bard's Bookshelf: Shakespeare's Use of Sources

Posted By Claire Sommers, Friday, May 12, 2017

William Shakespeare’s oeuvre is comprised of multiple forms, including the play, the sonnet, and the narrative poem and spans a wide variety of genres, including comedy, tragedy, history, epic, and romance. Because of his contributions to the western canon, modern scholarship tends to focus on Shakespeare the writer. Yet, we often forget another aspect of his literary life: Shakespeare the reader. In crafting his work, Shakespeare borrows heavily from Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance literature of all genres, including poetry, epic, drama, and prose fiction, and incorporates references to mythological, religious, rhetorical and philosophical texts throughout his works. While Shakespeare draws plots, characters, themes, and allusions from a wide array of sources, he nevertheless combines and alters them to create a work that is entirely his own.


This panel will explore Shakespeare’s use of and engagement with various sources in his poetry and drama. Possible approaches include:


·       Shakespeare’s use of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance literature and philosophy

·       Shakespeare’s allusions to classical mythology and Biblical subject matter

·       Shakespeare’s alterations to his source materials

·       Shakespeare’s reading of his source materials

·       Shakespeare’s historicism in approaching his sources

·       Shakespeare’s transposition of source material from other forms and media

·       Shakespeare’s engagement with questions of genre

·       Shakespeare’s incorporation of historical texts and documents

·       Shakespeare’s inclusion of sources as a form of critique

·       Shakespeare’s experience with non-English sources

·       Shakespeare’s integration of sources as a means of examining his own work


Please submit a 150 word abstract and 300 word bio to Claire Sommers ( by June 1st.

Tags:  Classics  genre  Literature  reading  reception  Shakespeare  textual transmission 

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