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Milton and the Psalms: A New Look

Posted By Noam Flinker, Saturday, July 14, 2018

Milton and the Psalms: A New Look

The considerable work of Mary Ann Radzinowicz and Barbara Lewalski lays the groundwork for more exploration into specific ways in which Milton made use of the Psalms.  In particular, Lady Radzinowicz’s Milton’s Epics and the Book of Psalms (Princeton, 1989) shows how Milton referred to at least 126 of the 150 psalms and her index makes it possible to determine how contemporary scholars can carry on her work.  This session will examine new ways to consider the implications of Milton’s many references to the Psalter. 

Possible issues for presentations:

To what extent does Milton’s poetry reflect the intertextual echoes of the psalms within the biblical canon?

How do the structures of specific psalmic lyrics interact with Milton’s references to them?

How do the politics of Milton’s prose make use of and echo the psalms to which he refers?

Abstracts for papers that will consider any of these or other related issues should be sent to noamflinker@gmail.com by July 29, 2018.

This panel is guaranteed acceptance through the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Association in Israel.

All proposals should include:   paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), curriculum vitae (.pdf or .doc upload), PhD completion date (past or expected), general discipline area (Literature, or other), keywords

Tags:  Bible  hermeneutics  intertextuality  John Milton  King David  Psalms 

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Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives

Posted By Caroline G. Stark, Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) welcomes proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto. For one of its four panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the subject of “Classical and Early Modern Epic: Comparative Approaches and New Perspectives”. In particular, we welcome papers offering reassessments of the current state of the field from cross-cultural and cross-temporal perspectives, or proposing new approaches to the connections between classical and early modern epic using methodologies from philology, digital humanities, cognitive studies, visual studies, or world literature.


In the shadow of a rising nationalism, epic poetry has taken on an ever greater importance through its mediation of national identity and as a focal point of reference and contestation. Even within rarefied scholarly discussions, the study of the genre, like epic itself, can appear to dominate other material, whether less canonical genres or non-Western epic. While the genealogical bonds between classical and early modern epic can seem to strengthen national ideologies and academic conventions, however, the content of the poems often works against such assumptions. Moreover, increasing diversity in research methods and scope, especially through collaboration, enables the scholarly community to renew the study of epic in more expansive and imaginative ways. Our panel aims, therefore, to reflect on the reception of Greco-Roman epic in early modernity partly as a topic in its own right, and partly as a means of understanding more general issues of theory, practice, and canonicity in literature and culture at large.


Proposals responding to recent developments in the scholarship might address, but are not limited to, one of the following questions:


- In light of recent work by Mazzotta, Ramachandran, Laird, and others, how might attention to worldmaking, post-colonial thought, and classical reception in the New World reframe our understanding of the relationship between ancient and early modern epic?


- Does the study of the relationship between classical and early modern epic have anything to gain from comparison with non-Western material, e.g., the Indic tradition? More generally, what are the advantages and disadvantages of analysing these traditions in terms of genealogy, ecology (cf. Beecroft), cosmopolitanism (cf. Pollock), or other systemic relationships?


- What light can cross-disciplinary approaches, especially those using computational tools (cf. Coffee and Bernstein) or cognitive models (cf. Jaén and Simon), shed on continuities and disjunctions between ancient and early modern forms of the genre?


- How did the idea of epic change as a genre during the early modern period, in particular given the different transmission histories of classical epics, especially works in ancient Greek? How might the growing attention to neo-Latin literature affect the fields of epic and/or reception studies?


- Are there developments in the aesthetics of a particular period that shed light on goings-on elsewhere? Besides substantial interest in the sublime (Cheney) and the mock-epic (Rawson), recent work has also focused on the quotidian (Grogan). More generally, what comparative understanding of epic can be gleaned from a study of contemporary critics and theorists, e.g., Horace or Tasso?


- What areas of research in early modern epic might benefit from the contributions of classicists without an extensive background in the field, and vice versa?


The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.


Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to caroline.stark@howard.edu (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models).  The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page.  Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.


Please include in the body of the email:


• your name, affiliation, email address

• your paper title (15-word maximum)

• relevant keywords

Tags:  classical reception  epic 

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Connecting with the ancients: Philological reception in the Renaissance

Posted By Caroline G. Stark, Friday, July 13, 2018

As an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers on classical philology in the Renaissance to be delivered at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto.


Renaissance engagement with the linguistic and literary culture of antiquity - whether in the form of language study, textual transmission, or translation - constitutes a relatively coherent body of evidence through which to understand the processes of and motivations for ‘receiving’ the classics. Renaissance appropriations of Greek and Latin philology become vehicles of cross-cultural communication in an increasingly divided early modern Europe.  We welcome proposals that highlight the mutual benefits arising from closer engagement between classicists and early modernists on the topic of classical philology in the Renaissance.


The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.


Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to caroline.stark@howard.edu (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models).  The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page.  Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.


Please include in the body of the email:


• your name, affiliation, email address

• your paper title (15-word maximum)

• relevant keywords

Tags:  classical literature  classical reception  philology  translation  transmission 

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Ancient Enmities: Classicism and Religious Others

Posted By Caroline G. Stark, Friday, July 13, 2018

Renaissance Europe sought to define itself in relation to multiple models, prominent among which were ancient Greco-Roman culture and contemporary non-Christian (as well as Christian heterodox) cultures. The Humanist emulation of classical ideals in text and image occurred within a larger context of religious, ethnic, and frequently military interactions: the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, harassment from North African Corsairs, mass migrations of Jews, and internecine tensions resulting from the Protestant Reformation. The “classical” provided a discourse through which scholars and artists could negotiate a religious, national, or pan-European identity transhistorical in scope yet ultimately presentist in defining “the other”. This panel seeks to explore the function of the classical and classicism across these identities in both textual and material sources.

Points of contact between classical culture and religious others turned antiquity into a battleground of competing traditions. Underlying such tensions was a longstanding sense dating from Homer and Herodotus onwards of classical identity as culturally and geographically contested, its meaning located variously in Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East. Both as traces of ancient ethnographies and as largely presentist rhetoric, projections of classical identity in the Renaissance could be deployed in numerous and diverse ways. Trojan ancestry was claimed not only by various European noble lines, such as the Habsburgs and the Estes of Ferrara, but also by the Turks. Orthodox Greeks under Ottoman rule were ostracized as the barbaric descendants of their enlightened ancestors. Antiquarians in post-Reconquest Spain invented Roman origins to Andalusi architectural marvels, while Roman ruins in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire, represented both visually and through ekphrastic description, fueled dreams of European conquest. At the same time, the means by which the classical past were known could be diminished or lost: despite its importance during the Medieval period for accessing intellectual traditions, for example, Arabic struggled to maintain its place in European scholarship as a learned language alongside classical Greek and Latin, and even as other distant foreign traditions, such as Egyptian Hermeticism, fascinated artists and scholars.

The panel addresses two areas that have been the focus of recent research in Renaissance studies: intercultural relations and concepts of temporality. While the importance of the classics for European identity has been extensively studied, their role in defining what lay beyond Europe’s margins has received less attention. Some scholarship, however, has shown the potential richness of the field: Craig Kallendorf’s reading of the Aeneid’s portrayal of colonized entities (The Other Virgil, 2007), for example, and Nancy Bisaha’s study of the competing portrayals of the Ottoman Turks as either Goths, Vandals, Scythians or heirs to the Trojans and Romans (Creating East and West, 2006). Furthermore, the panel seeks to understand the temporal and explanatory concepts undergirding various early modern genealogies, ethnographies, and histories. Although a topic of theory since Warburg, the problem of time and temporal relations in early modernity has received renewed attention with the publication of Nagel and Wood’s Anachronic Renaissance (2010). Applied beyond the original domain of art history, Nagel and Wood’s ideas prompt a wider re-evaluation of the importance of antiquity in framing our understanding of Renaissance Europe. At stake is a view of the central conflicts in Europe’s formative years not as exclusively early modern events, but rather as events crucially shaped by the vital force of classicism.

Potential topics include:

-- How did differing claims to Greco-Roman heritage shape religious rhetoric and antagonisms? How did the interpretation of classical texts evolve with the shifting needs of their early modern readers, either in marginalizing or legitimizing particular groups? How do these texts transcend class lines, especially among the uneducated and illiterate?

-- How did different national traditions of Humanism approach the contrasting degrees of religious alterity? How did classical writings and thought provide agency for marginalized groups?

-- How can a deeper knowledge of classical texts reshape historical understandings of crusades, jihads, reformations, expulsions, and heresies? In teaching these encounters, what pedagogical methodologies can guide students toward recognition of the pervasive relevance of these texts?


Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV should be sent as separate email attachments to pramit.chaudhuri@austin.utexas.edu (please see RSA guidelines for abstracts and CVs). Abstracts will be judged anonymously, so please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page.  Please include the following in the body of your email:

• your name, affiliation, email address

• your paper title (15-word maximum)

• relevant keywords

Proposals must be received by August 10, 2018.


Organized by David M. Reher (University of Chicago) and Keith Budner (UC-Berkeley) with the sponsorship of the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR)

Tags:  classical reception  classicism  ethnographies  genealogies  histories  identity  intercultural relations  marginal  temporality  the other 

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CfP: Beyond the Microcosm: The Impact of Confraternities on the Civic Sphere.

Posted By Samantha J. Hughes-Johnson, Friday, July 13, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

(Deadline: 1 August 2018)

 

The Society for Confraternity Studies will sponsor a number of sessions at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (17 - 19 March 2019) in Toronto, Canada. Accordingly, it invites proposals for papers on the following theme:

 

Beyond the Microcosm: The Impact of Confraternities on the Civic Sphere.

 

Since the formation of the Society for Confraternity Studies, which celebrates it 30th anniversary in 2019, the subject of Confraternity Studies has moved on from what Konrad Eisenbichler once described as an “invisible history” to become an authoritative sub-field of late medieval and early modern scholarship. Accordingly, in order to encourage a discourse that places confraternities at the center of essential historical developments rather than at their periphery, we invite proposals for papers that explore the amplitude and impact of lay sodalities in Europe, the Americas, the East and Asia in relation to the activities of wider late medieval and early modern society. Papers might focus on, but are not limited to the following topics:

·     The reach and range of lesser traversed sodalities. For example, slave confraternities.

·     The relationships between lay companies and non members. For instance, confraternal liaisons with artisans, food merchants or second-hand clothes sellers.

·     Confratelli and consorelle entrusted with public service, healthcare and the custody of people or objects.

·     The influence of confraternal ritual and recreation on urban spaces.

·     Individual and familial investment in lay companies in order to garner social influence or to gain political power.

·     Associations between the devotional lives of non-clerics and the ordained: how these affinities played out in rituals, drama and music.

·     The impact of art, architecture and ephemera commissioned by confraternities on public spaces and/or the popular conscience.

Papers should concentrate on confraternal activities between 1300 and 1700. We are however, also particularly interested in proposals that discuss retrospectively, the value of studies that have emerged since the conference in 1989 and consider how Confraternity Studies will advance into the twenty-first century.

Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, email, the paper title (no longer than 15 words), the abstract of the paper (no longer than 150 words), a brief academic C.V. (not longer than 300 words), and a series of key-words that suit the presentation. Please be sure all nine (7) categories of information are clearly provided. 

Please submit your proposal to Dr Samantha J.C. Hughes-Johnson at samanthajanecaroline@yahoo.co.uk by 1 August 2018.

 

Tags:  confraternity  drama  lay company  music  poetry  ritual  sodality 

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Travel in English Renaissance Literature

Posted By Joseph M. Ortiz, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

This is a guaranteed session that considers representations of travel in English Renaissance literature. Given the regular movement of persons and merchandise between England and Continental Europe and the incipient development of English interests in the New World, travel is central to the evolution of an English national identity. At the same time, an idea of travel profoundly subtends humanist models of education, which generally present their material as objects of translatio across time and place. This panel aims to explore how early modern writers conceptualize travel, and how they respond to travel’s capacity to register both physical and imaginative experiences.

Individual papers may consider (but are not limited to) representations of transcontinental or transatlantic travel; humanist conceptions of translatio; linguistic change and its relationship to travel or physical movement; representations of temporal movement; the establishment and/or traversal of national, cultural, or geographical boundaries; the status or reception of foreigners in England; Renaissance theories of migration; and other related topics.

Please send paper proposals, including a title (15-word maximum) and abstract (150-word maximum) to Joe Ortiz (RSA Discipline Representative) at jmortiz7@utep.edu by August 5, 2018.

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Imaginative Intersections between Writers and Artists in the Seventeenth Century: New Thoughts on an Old Theme

Posted By Alexandra C. Hoare, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The fertile intersections between literature and the visual arts in the seventeenth century, which impact upon and give unique shape to the creative outputs of that historical moment, have received a wealth of scholarly attention over the decades. This phenomenon continues to compel and to generate important, fruitful and even ground-breaking discussion within the various disciplines concerned with the literary and the visual/artistic, either by inflecting or overturning long-standing assumptions about the nature of that relationship or by building significantly upon the extant repertoire of topics with which we have become so familiar (among these the ‘ut pictura poesis’ theme). This panel invites papers that contribute meaningfully to this ongoing discussion by seeking to significantly expand, nuance or problematize extant narratives of the ‘text-image’ relationship within the seventeenth century, broadly conceived and approached from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Papers might address one of the following topics:

- new forms of artistic iconography or style that find a basis in contemporary texts

- a consideration of previously neglected or understudied protagonists in artistic and/or literary fields

- overlooked contexts of literary engagement on the part of artists

- the concept of authorship, within the context of seventeenth-century literary and/or artistic practice and theory

- the impact on artistic production of as-yet unknown or alternative forms of text or writing

- relationships between text and image in the context of previously under-researched or new media, in either visual/artistic or literary fields

- text-image connections that appear within new cultural or geographic contexts of creative production in the period

Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, email address, paper title (15 words maximum), abstract (150 words maximum), PhD completion date, and CV (300 words maximum). Please submit proposals by July 30th to Carlo Avilio (carloavilio@gmail.com) and Alex Hoare (alex.hoare@bristol.ac.uk).

Tags:  art  image  literature  poetry  seventeenth century  text 

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Philological Communities in Context(s) in the Early Modern World (1400-1850)

Posted By Jennifer Mackenzie, Monday, July 9, 2018

In recent years, scholarly collections such as World Philology (2015, Ed. Pollock, Elman, and Chang) and Philology and Its Histories (2010, Ed. Gurd) have brought philology to the foreground of humanistic study “not just [as] a mode of scholarship” but as “one of its objects”
(Gurd, Introduction to Philology and Its Histories, 5). Questioning teleological histories that trace how philology achieved a modern and scientific status in the nineteenth-century European university, these studies call for a broad canvas to account for the multiplicity and complexity of textual practices over time and space. They include, within the study of philology, not only the study of the transmission and editing of texts, but also of hermeneutical activities more generally, from textual readings to historical and cultural interpretations.

Our RSA panels seek to contribute to these efforts by examining philological practices in the early modern period (1400-1850) on a micro-historical scale, in their various social, institutional and/or political contexts. The aim is to bring to bear on the analysis of these practices recent developments in the history of academies, patronage, princely courts, universities, salons, libraries, and schools. On the premise that philological work often takes place in communal settings and practically always in relation to structures of power, we seek papers that illuminate these settings, and the exchanges they generate in specific early modern contexts. We are particularly interested in contributions that examine the effects of these circumstances on the development of specific philological practices or hermeneutic perspectives.

Individual papers might shed new light on communities which have been overlooked, having not generally been associated with the most (proto-)modern representatives of the development of philology as a scholarly discipline. Or they might open newly contextualized perspectives on communities that have already played leading roles in philology’s historiography. In either case, we hope to enrich our methodologies for studying philological communities in context(s), with the goal of gaining a greater appreciation of philology’s political stakes in the early modern world, and of the varieties of its institutional incarnations.

— How were philological practices developed, taught, transmitted, and performed within specific communities? How did they contribute to building communities? Can philological communities be studied through their textual and hermeneutical practices — and, if so, how?

— How were particular theories or practices of philology — that is explicit or implicit articulations of philology’s methods and aims – bound up with social (i.e. class, familial, professional) affiliations?

— How did the institutions or political structures in which philology was carried out shape philological approaches, in theory and in practice? How was philology in turn used by those who performed it, theorized it, or patronized it? In particular, in what ways could
philological activities legitimize and/or subvert power?

— How did philological work participate in local dynamics (in courts, cities, city states, etc.) and/or how was it used in international politics, for diplomatic purposes or when international conflicts arose?

— How did institutional and/or political patronage constrain and/or nourish the practice of philology? Why were philologists valuable to institutions, powerful families, and princes — and how did they leverage their skills to serve the powerful, while also establishing
their practices as valuable, legitimate and even autonomous forms of know-how?

Please submit a short (max. 150 words) abstract and CV by July 31, 2018 to Jennifer Mackenzie (jennifer.mackenzie@fandm.edu) and Déborah Blocker (dblocker@berkeley.edu).

Tags:  academies  courts  hermeneutics  networks  patronage  philology  social history  universities 

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"Poco sufficienti a poterli intendere": Auto-Commentary and Self-Exegesis in Early Modern Italy

Posted By Francesco Marco Aresu, Monday, July 2, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 2, 2018

This session aims to prompt critical reflection on early-modern forms of auto-commentary and self-exegesis as they appear in Italian literature in various textual and material forms. Ranging from Dante’s foundational experiments in authorial (and authoritative) hermeneutics to Lorenzo’s Comento de’ miei sonetti, these forms include extended commentaries accompanying the text (Dante’s quasi comento in the Convivio), marginal and interlinear glosses (Petrarca’s annotations to his drafts, Boccaccio’s edition of the Teseida), forewords, and afterwords, as well as connective sections that discuss the work of which they are a paratext (Boccaccio’s poetics discourse in the framework of the Decameron), and autonomous texts materially appended to the work they comment on or circulating separately (Dante’s disputed epistle to Can Grande). Furthermore, self-exegetical practices may vary in pragmatics: they can provide a genetic narrative or re-semantization of texts (Dante’s ragioni in the Vita Nova), offer an allegorical interpretation (Dante’s divisioni), clarify obscure passages (Campanella’s apparatus to his poetic anthology), engage in literary polemics, or extend apologetic or palinodic remarks (Tasso’s Lettere on the poetics of his works). Above all, these such auto-commentative practices represent the authors’ attempt to condition the reception of their work beyond their own Barthesian death. In this session, we look at the auto-commentary as an intersection of physical, rhetorical, and intellectual elements. We solicit philological and hermeneutical inquiries, and welcome theoretical and historical approaches as well as projects that are comparative and multilingual.

 

Please send title, abstract, and bio to Beatrice Arduini (barduini@uw.edu) or Francesco Marco Aresu (faresu@wesleyan.edu) by 07/31.

Tags:  Authoriality  Authorship  Auto-Commentary  Boccaccio  Dante  Exegesis  Hermeneutics  Italian Literature  Italian Renaissance  Literary Criticism  Lorenzo de' Medici  Manuscript Culture  Materiality  Paratext  Petrarch  Philology  Poetics  Poetry  Reception  Tasso 

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The Black Renaissance. Early Modern Afro-Hispanic Cultures

Posted By Miguel Martínez, Monday, July 2, 2018
Recent research has foregrounded the cultural agency and creativity of black communities and individuals in the early modern Iberian Atlantic. The archive documenting the lives and cultures of enslaved and free black people in both Spain and colonial Latin America has been significantly enlarged. This panel invites papers on early modern Afro-Hispanic cultures, including topics such as Afro-Iberian and Afro-Latino literary and artistic production, translation, hagiography, poetic pliegos and villancicos, religious practice, dance and street performance, black confraternities and everyday life, music and festive traditions, among many others.

Please send a title (15-word maximum), an abstract (150-word maximum) and a short CV to Miguel Martínez (martinezm@uchicago.edu) by August 1st, 2018.

Tags:  colonial Latin America  cultural history  Iberian Peninsula  race studies  Renaissance  Spain 

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