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Literature CfPs for RSA 2019 Toronto
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This blog is for CfPs for sessions in literature for RSA 2019 Toronto. 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 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 ( by August 1st, 2018.

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

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Food, Feast, and Famine in Early Modern Iberia and Latin America

Posted By Miguel Martínez, Monday, July 2, 2018
Food studies has been a rapidly growing field in the last couple of decades and has recently yielded important results in the case of early modern Spain and Latin America. This approach has also proven to be a fruitful lens to examine topics such as gender, race, religious and social identity. This panel aims at foregrounding research on the cultural and literary history of foodways. Papers on cookbooks and recipes, feasting, hunger, drinking and taverns, food, body, and race, convent cooking, the material culture of eating and drinking,visual representations of foodstuffs, food, sexuality and eroticism, among many others, are welcome. 

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

Tags:  colonial Latin America  food studies  Iberian Peninsula  literature  recipe books  Renaissance  visual culture 

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Ercilla’s "La Araucana" at 450 (1569-2019)

Posted By Miguel Martínez, Monday, July 2, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 2, 2018
2019 marks the 450th anniversary of the publication of the first installment of Alonso de Ercilla’s "La Araucana" in 1569, a watershed moment in the history of Spanish and Latin American poetry. Throughout the years, the poem has always been the subject of intense scholarly dispute over its aesthetic and ideological stakes, and it has never ceased to grasp the imagination of readers and poets alike. This panel aims at foregrounding new scholarship on La Araucana. Proposals on all topics and from all approaches are welcome, whether engaging with the text in its immediate historical context or with the epic’s enduring post-Renaissance afterlives.
Please send a title (15-word maximum), an abstract (150-word maximum), and a short CV to Miguel Martínez ( by August 1st, 2018.

Tags:  colonial Latin America  epic poetry  Iberian Peninsula  poetry  reception studies 

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Popular Readers in Early Modern Spain

Posted By Miguel Martínez, Monday, July 2, 2018
Long-established scholarship on the history of reading has shown that, in part due to the printing and educational revolutions, literacy rates increased dramatically in Renaissance Spain. One of the most remarkable aspects of this moment in the history of literacy is that the ability to read and write spread widely among many different social groups, including the common people. This panel invites papers on artisans, servants, peasants, soldiers, shopkeepers, etc. as consumers of texts in early modern Spain. It welcomes papers on topics such as collective reading, individual readers and book owners, appropriation, partial literacies, mass consumption, public writing and street readers, among many others. Since gender was even more determinant a factor to illiteracy than class in the early modern period, proposals on the reading practices of common women are specially welcome.

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

Tags:  circulation  cultural history  history of reading  Iberian Peninsula  literature  popular culture  print culture  Spain 

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DEADLINE EXTENDED--Wonder Women: Amazons in the Early Modern European Imagination

Posted By Victoria G. Fanti, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2018

**Deadline extended to August 3**

Session chair: Gerry Milligan, CUNY

The blockbuster success of the 2017 film Wonder Woman reignited a global interest in the figure of the Amazon, eliciting celebrations of female strength and independence alongside debates about her exoticism and sexualization. A sequel, already highly anticipated by many, is slated for release in late 2019.

Such a widespread interest in the Amazonian warrior-woman—both her allure and her paradox—is not, however, a new phenomenon; the Amazons likewise captured the popular and elite imagination of the Early Modern period, featuring in literary productions across Europe. Building on scholarship by Frédérique Verrier, Kathryn Schwarz, Sarah Colvin and Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, Eleonora Stoppino, and Gerry Milligan (among many others), this panel seeks to put Early Modern representations of Amazons into dialogue with one another, across linguistic traditions and national borders, in order to explore the nuances of how these women were imagined, discussed, and disseminated across Europe.

We welcome papers that explore questions of sexuality, female violence, gender-bending, orientalism, politics, and the like. Texts and themes of interest might include, but are not limited to:        

-       Histories (and “histories”) of the Amazons

-       Literary and poetic imaginations of Amazonian women and/or their descendants, such as in the epic-chivalric tradition or in theater and/or opera

-       Treatises, dialogues, or correspondences that make reference to Amazons in order to engage with the querelle des femmes

-       The Early Modern use of Amazonian lore or symbolism for encomiastic purposes


Please send questions and/or abstracts (150 words) with a brief biography, A/V requests, and keywords to Victoria Fanti at

Tags:  early modern  English literature  French literature  gender  gender studies  German literature  Iberian Peninsula  inter  interdisciplinary  Italian literature  literature  Renaissance literature  women 


Watersheds of Empire: Seascapes, Seafaring, and Ports in Iberian Culture (1500-1700)

Posted By Mariana-Cecilia Velazquez, Thursday, June 14, 2018

Early sixteenth to late seventeenth-century Spain and Portugal registered the blossoming of cultural production alongside overseas expansion. As European explorers charted and claimed maritime routes and transatlantic territories, this period witnessed the emergence of textual forms and literary networks that reshaped conventions regarding prose and poetry.   

In particular, nautical metaphors and descriptions of port-cities became central tropes in Iberian transoceanic notions of empire. Processes of political vindication and territorial assertion thus overlapped with the dissemination of imaginaries regarding maritime landscapes in writing that explored the limits of traditional genres, the articulation of national identities (both proper and alien), and the inclusion of contemporary events in epic and lyric verse. 

This panel invites submissions that explore the maritime aspects of imperial ramifications, contraband dynamics, pillaging practices, and paradigmatic coastal-spatial imaginaries depicted in both canonical and non-canonical Iberian authors and works. At the same time, this panel seeks papers that investigate how these renderings of early modern political struggles, the refashioning of proper and alien national identities, and issues of imperial prosperity and decay blur, adapt, or model literary genres. 

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

·      Early modern Iberian representations of port-cities, coastal zones, and depictions of sea-faring or other maritime activities in visual and textual cultural production. 

·      The fictionalization of pirates or maritime interlopers in pre-imperial and imperial narratives of power.

·      Imagery regarding maritime cities in lyric poetry, Iberian drama or court spectacles.

·      Comparative approaches to rhetorical mechanisms that register notions of flow and overflow in the age of empires. 

·      The network of texts, images or narratives that circulated and configured intertwined portrayals of attempted citizenships, nationhood, and/or imperial ambitions found in cross-disciplinary, hybrid, Iberian and transatlantic early modern narratives.

Please send a 250-word abstract, a short bio, a CV and a request for audio-visual equipment to: Antonio Arraiza ( and Mariana Velazquez ( by August 1st.  

Tags:  cities  Iberian Peninsula  overseas  piracy  ports  seascapes  the Indies  transatlantic 

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