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Building the Early Modern Literary Text

Posted By Katherine L. Brown, Friday, April 28, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017

The purpose of this session is to examine the role of architecture as a narrative device in early modern literary texts, with emphasis on the impact of Renaissance architectural theory and practice on the discursive function of built environments in the literature of the same time period.  While topical associations between architecture and literature have persisted from classical antiquity through the present day, the evolving conceptualization of architecture in the Renaissance left its mark on the concept of literary creation espoused by early modern writers.  The intellectualization of the architectural profession, the rediscovery of Vitruvian anthropometrics, and the rationalization of urban space may be detected not only in the increasingly realistic depictions of architectural structures in literature, but also in discussions of the relationship between early modern writers and the classical texts they “excavated”, as well as in metaliterary articulations of linguistic and textual “structure”.  As both architecture and literature seek to impose order through processes of logical arrangement, architectural structures described in literary texts may speak to (or pose a challenge to) the notions of textual coherence, conceptual “foundations”, and linguistic representation.

In light of these questions, this panel seeks papers related to the presence and function of architecture in early modern literature, including (but not limited to) the following topics: 1) continuities and differences between medieval and Renaissance uses of architecture as a symbolic discourse in literature; 2) the history of architecture and urban space as reflected in early modern literature; 3) architecture and narrative/poetic structure; 4) architecture and language; 5) architecture and expressions of individual experience.

Please submit your paper proposal by June 1, 2017 to Katherine Brown at  The proposal should include the following information:

§  Name, affiliation, and e-mail address

§  Paper title (15-word maximum)

§  Abstract (150-word maximum) Guidelines

§  Keywords

§  Brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) Guidelines and models

Tags:  architecture  Colonial Latin America  England  France  Italy  language  Literature  poetics  Spain  urban 

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