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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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Fraud, Mockery, Jest, and Cony-Catching in the Early Modern Period

Posted By Ani Govjian, Friday, July 20, 2018

Fraud, Mockery, Jest, and Cony-Catching in the Early Modern Period

To what extent is a jest also a lie? Are frauds funny? Taking a cue from “mockery” as mimic, sham, and spoof, this panel is interested in the ways fraud, imposture, and deceit function as ludic entertainment – whether intentionally or as byproduct.

This panel invites submissions that consider the jocularity of fraud, counterfeit, trickery, disguise, quackery, and cozenage. Papers are welcome to explore the theme in regards to:

-  Material culture including trick objects like blow books, mock almanacs, or fraudulent copies of famous works

Gendered experiences of deception or artifice

-  Jestbooks, ludic ballads, mock pamphlets

-  Mountebanks, street performers, gambling games, and pick-pockets

Medicine, especially the preoccupation with quack physicians

Natural philosophy and debates pushing back against charges of superstition

-  Magic, either through a focus on prestidigitation or representations and discussions of witchcraft



Religious debates including displays of anti-Catholic sentiment and fears as well as fetishizations of “Popery”

-  Theatre, stagecraft, and/or anti-theatrical sentiment


Proposals should be for 20-minute papers, and should include:

    title for the paper

    abstract of 150 words

    1-page CV

    current contact information

    A/V requirements


Submit proposals to by Friday, August 10, 2018. Subject line: “RSA – Fraud and Mockery.”


Tags:  allegory  archival research  book history  drama  early modern  English literature  gender  interdisciplinary  literature  manuscript  material culture  mimesis  Poetry  popular culture  print culture  recipe books  religious  Renaissance literature  Renaissance studies  reproductive prints  truth 


Devotional Materiality in Early Modern England

Posted By Jantina Ellens, Saturday, June 30, 2018

Seeking papers to complete a panel on material manifestations of Protestant faith in early modern England to be presented at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, March 17-19, 2019.

This panel considers how Protestant worship practices are tied to the material world. How do the physical qualities of worship influence the stereotypically “cerebral” qualities of the Protestant faith? How is the divide between public and private worship complicated by the physicality of devotion? Panelists might approach these questions by considering how Protestant devotional practices involve the body or what role texts play balancing the spiritual and the physical in Protestant devotion? They might also consider:

  • Descriptions of protestant devotional practices

  • The physicality of liturgies and/or devotional texts

  • Calvinist materiality

  • The gendering of devotional practices

Please email paper proposals, including a title and abstract of 100-150 words, as well as a one page CV (300 words) to Jantina Ellens ( by Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Tags:  bodies  body  book history  Calvinism  catholic reform  classical literature  devotion  devotional  early modern  gender  gender studies  identity  literature  material culture  poetry  religion  religious  religious poetry  Renaissance literature  women 

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The Question of Truth in Renaissance Sacred Poetry

Posted By Francesco Brenna, Saturday, June 30, 2018
Updated: Sunday, July 1, 2018

How do the questions debated in Renaissance poetics-truth, verisimilitude, imitation, the universality of poetry vs. the particulars of history, poetry as a useful lie, allegory-change when the subject matter is sacred? What do we make of the gap between this type of theoretical reflection, articulated in Aristotelian and Horatian terms, and a Christian type of poetry? Which problems does the status of the poetic text present when the object of poetry is revealed truth? What is the relationship between poetry and the text of the Bible? To answer these questions, this panel invites papers on sacred and biblical epics, devotional and hagiographical poems, dramas, verse paraphrases of the Bible, and religious poetry in general from across Europe. Papers on the Italian and English Renaissance are particularly welcome, as well as papers reflecting on the difference between poets writing in Reformed countries and poets writing in Catholic and Counter-Reformation countries.

Please send paper proposals to Francesco Brenna ( by July 14th, including:
- paper title (15-word maximum)
- abstract (150-word maximum)
- curriculum vitae (.pdf or .doc)
- PhD completion date (past or expected)
- full name, current affiliation, and email address.

Tags:  Adam  allegory  Andreini  Bible  Cowley  Davenant  devotional  epic  Erasmo da Valvasone  Eve  false  God.  hagiographical  Milton  poetry  religious  sacred  Sannazaro  Satan  Scripture  Tasso  truth  verisimilar  Vida 

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Religious Figures in Post-Reformation English Literature

Posted By Joshua Phillips, Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The religious— monks, nuns, and friars—occupied an important place in Medieval literature, as objects of scorn and veneration. Those literary figures existed, for their readers, in a dialectical relation with the real religious who lived throughout Britain. But what happens to such literary figuration once the social existence of the religious comes to an end? One might expect them to be used solely for satire and vituperation, made evil, lecherous, and buffoonish. The reality, however, is more complex. In post-Reformation English plays, poetry and fiction, the religious are depicted in ways that shed light on the conflicting attitudes towards the ascetic life as well as on the nature of Renaissance figuration itself. 


Papers are sought that explore the literary representations of the religious between 1540 and 1660. Topics might include: Shakespeare's religious; nuns and female community; ascetic life and literary copia; monuments and nostalgia; the religious and characterization; medieval legacies; religious figures and the meaning of nations; etc.


Please send proposals, including a title (15-word maximum); a one-page c.v. (up to 300 words); abstract for proposed paper (up to 150 words); list of five keywords; and AV requirements to Joshua Phillips ( by July 27, 2018

Tags:  friars  literature  monasticism  monks  nuns  religious 

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