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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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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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Filling In and Filling Out the Past: New Contributions to Classic Texts in Renaissance Literature

Posted By Gordon M. Braden, Friday, June 29, 2018

Filling In and Filling Out the Past: New Contributions to Classic Texts in Renaissance Literature


Paper proposals are invited on any instance or aspect of the Renaissance habit of writing continuations, completions, amplifications, condensations, corrections, or revisions of canonical literary works (including translations with added passages). In most cases the original works are classical Greek or Latin (William Mure’s recasting of books 1 and 4 of the Aeneid as a complete poem, with new material; William Gager’s composition of new scenes for Seneca’s Phaedra), though the topic also extends to vernacular works that acquire their own canonical status and receive similar treatment from subsequent writers (Ralph Knevet’s three new books for Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene). All local matters of method and motive are relevant, as are the larger statements being made, openly or implicitly, about the nature of canonicity and authorship and the relation of the literary present to the literary past. Examples that have not previously attracted attention are especially welcome.


This is a guaranteed session.


Send questions and abstracts (200 words or less), with a brief c.v., to Gordon Braden (Area Representative for the Classical Tradition),, by 1 August 2018.

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Tags:  classical literature  drama  Edmund Spenser  epic poetry  imitation  reception history  Renaissance literature  Seneca  translation  Virgil 

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CfP: Hero and Antihero in Renaissance Literature

Posted By Marcello Sabbatino, Monday, June 18, 2018

Since ancient times heroes cross the immense lands of literature. From place to place famous poets narrated actions and passions of heroes, holding them up to us. The figure of hero has never left literature. It goes through centuries and several literary genres. Although in the collective consciousness the word ‘hero’ has always been connected with courage, fortitude, force, justice, wisdom and other chivalric virtues, during the Renaissance the image of hero changed, assuming new aspects. The Renaissance revalued the study of human beings. In fact, as reason illuminated the complexity of the human spirit, heroes displayed their murky side. Such figures as Tancredi and Orlando arose and showed the deep contradictions of everyone. The Renaissance hero is no longer different from other people by nature but only by degree. This is immediately clear if we compare Renaissance hero to great Homer’s characters. The passions that move Homer’s heroes and more generally Medieval heroes, are very powerful, but they are simple and erupt quickly. On the other hand, even Ariosto and Tasso felt the intricacy of their hearts and described it in their poems.

This panel aims to investigate the changes that occurred in the figure of the hero and his/her fvalues. We invite proposals for papers, in English or Italian, on the base of, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • the changes in epic form;
  • the values and disvalues of hero or antihero;
  • the chivalric virtues;
  • how Renaissance culture influenced a new concept of hero;
  • the concept of hero in the collective imagination;
  • the expectations of the reader or audience.

Please send a 250-word abstract, a short bio, a CV and a request for audio-visual equipment to: Vincenzo Caputo ( and Marcello Sabbatino ( by 1 Augustt 2018.

Session Chairs: Vincenzo Caputo, University of Studies of Naples Federico II, and Marcello Sabbatino, University of Studies of Pisa.

Tags:  epic poetry  hero  literature  poetry  renaissance culture  virtue 

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Slavery in Early-Modern Italian Literature, Visual Arts, and Music

Posted By Armando Maggi, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018
In recent years, a few art-historians and historians have dedicated fascinating studies to the concept of slavery in early-modern Italian culture, but much more work needs to be done in this area. It is worth considering that we speak of 'slaves' in Italian culture we should bear in mind that, in numerous literary texts, slaves were not only individuals marked as 'others' because coming from 'savage' countries, but Italians themselves could become slaves. The concept of 'slavery' in Italian culture is multi-layered. A comprehensive approach to all aspects of early-modern Italian culture (visual arts, operas, narratives) will shed light on a still poorly-known, albeit crucial, aspect of the Italian canon. 
Anyone interested in submitting a proposal for this session must send a 150-word abstract and a CV to Armando Maggi ( by August 1th 2018 (10 am CT).


Tags:  epic poetry  Italy  novellas  opera  short stories  slaves  visual arts 

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Tasso After La Gerusalemme Liberata

Posted By Armando Maggi, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018

In recent years Torquato Tasso's 'late' works, which usually means all the texts in prose and verses he composed after his masterpiece, have received a renewed critical attention, primarily limited to the "Gerusalemme conquistata" and to the critical edition of key texts such as his philosophical dialogues and a "Il mondo creato." However, Tasso's fame is still exclusively linked to his epic poem. His philosophical texts, his poetic self-commentary (the two volumes of "Rime"), his numerous religious poems, and his masterpiece "Il mondo creato" deserve to be examined much more closely. Tasso is the greatest Italian early-modern religious poet, and no later author compares to him. This session welcomes papers that addresses Tasso's late works from original and thought-provoking standpoints. 

Anyone interested in submitting a proposal for this session must send a 150-word abstract and a CV to Armando Maggi ( by August 1th 2018 (10 am CT).

Tags:  epic poetry  Italy  religious poetry  Tasso 

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