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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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Printing, Reception, Editing, and Teaching Thomas More and Early Humanists

Posted By Emily A. Ransom, Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Amici Thomae Mori is excited to welcome proposals for papers on Thomas More studies to coincide with the publication of the new Essential Works of Thomas More (Yale University Press, 2019).  This single-volume, accessible, readable edition will be the third major collection of More’s works in nearly five hundred years, after the 1557 Workes published by More’s nephew William Rastell and the Yale Complete Works in fifteen volumes completed in 1997. Though papers on all areas of Thomas More studies will be considered, the Amici is especially interested in topics that will complement this important publication, such as print history of humanist texts, reception history of Thomas More and early humanists, editing humanist texts, and teaching humanist texts in the modern classroom.

To submit a paper, please send your title (15-word max), abstract (150-word max), a few keywords, CV, PhD completion date (past or expected), and affiliation to Emily Ransom ( by August 10, 2018.  

Tags:  archival research  archives  book history  catholic reform  circulation  devotion  devotional  editing  hagiographical  history of the book  manuscript  Manuscript Culture  networks  pedagogy  print culture  printers  readers  Reception  reception history  transmission  women; hagiography 

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Jesuit Studies

Posted By Kathleen M. Comerford, Thursday, July 19, 2018
The Journal of Jesuit Studies is looking to organize panels in any aspect of Jesuit studies in any region, up to the year 1700, to include history, literature, art history, music history, or related topics, in all geographical areas.

Individual paper abstracts should be no more than 150 words and should identify up to 5 keywords.  Panel submissions should include the name of a chair who is not also a presenter.  All submissions must include a/v requests and a brief CV (including affiliation, date of PhD completion, general discipline area, rank, and publications or other evidence of scholarship) for each participant.  Please submit to Kathleen Comerford,, no later than August 5, 2018.  We will consider panels, individual papers, and roundtables for sponsorship by the Journal of Jesuit Studies.  Sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance to the program and implies no intent to publish.

Tags:  book history  catholic reform  classical literature  classicism  colonial Latin America  devotional  digital humanities  drama  early modern; gender studies; interdisciplinary; l  English literature  epic  French  French literature  frontispizes  German literature  hagiographical  identity  intercultural relations  Italian Renaissance  Italy  literature  manuscript  Neoplatonism  patronage  Poetics  print culture  printers  Psalms  publishers  race studies  readers  Reception  reception history  religion  Renaissance culture  Renaissance literature  representation  reproductive prints  ritual  Scripture  seventeenth century  sexuality  slaves  sodality  Spain  the Indies 

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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 ( or Francesco Marco Aresu ( 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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