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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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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: The Female Body as Text in Renaissance Literature

Posted By Allison Collins, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018



*This is a guaranteed session*

 The Female Body as Text in Renaissance Literature

As the Renaissance saw a rise in female literacy and texts addressed to women readers, the relationship between gender and genre was foregrounded in debates about the appropriate texts for women to read – or if it was appropriate for women to read at all.  These conversations particularly centered on the genre of romance, simultaneously a genre classed as feminine and a genre deemed morally inappropriate for women to read. While these debates raged outside literary texts, within the texts themselves, we see women reading and women as objects to be read – both by the reader of the text and by other characters within the text. How does the female body serve as a text within a text? What unique possibilities does the female body offer for allegory, for interpretation, or for generic symbolism? How is the female body productively linked to literary meaning in the Renaissance? This session, sponsored by  UCLA’s CMRS, proposes to explore these issues through interdisciplinary papers and discussion.

If interested in submitting a proposal for this panel, please send a paper title, a 150 word abstract, and a CV to Allison Collins ( by Friday, July 27th.

Tags:  early modern  gender  literature  reception history  Renaissance literature  women 

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Spenser's Afterlives

Posted By Colleen R. Rosenfeld, Monday, June 4, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 9, 2018
This panel is a broad call for papers on Spenser's Afterlives: How have people read his poetry? What have people done with his poetry?  Possible topics include: Spenser's immediate imitators (e.g. Giles and Phineas Fletcher); translations of Spenser (e.g. the Latin translations of The Shepheardes Calendar in the 17th c.); The Faerie Queene as children's literature; Spenser's influence on Milton, Melville, or Hawthorne; Spenser's influence on 20th and 21st century fantasy literature (Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Michael Moorcock, Philip Pullman); the Poet's Poet; the afterlife of the Spenserian Stanza (Keats, Byron, Shelley); reception history; the history of Spenser criticism (from New Critics to High Theory); the history of editions (including the contemporary Spenser Lab at University of Washington, St. Louis); Spenser's place in the modern university (from pedagogical treatments of the 18th-century to your classroom); Victorian Spenser; Spenser and the Gothic.  Why have people continued to read Spenser?  How have people continued to read Spenser?  What will Spenser's poetry look like in the future?  Did Spenser’s poetry anticipate and attempt to shape its own afterlife?
Please submit the following materials to Colleen Rosenfeld ( by August 1 to be considered for inclusion: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Please note that RSA is very strict about word count: the system will not accept entries that go beyond the maximum limit.

Tags:  critical history  Edmund Spenser  future  presentism  reception history 

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