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Call for Essays: Representations of Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Italian Literature

Friday, January 3, 2020  
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Co-edited by Armando Maggi, University of Chicago and Suzanne Magnanini, University of Colorado

We seek contributions for an edited volume titled Representations of Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Italian Literature. We welcome proposals for essays exploring representations, discussions, and analyses of slavery, enslavement, and manumission/emancipation in all literary genres written in Italian, Latin, or dialect, and circulating or published on the Italian peninsula during the medieval and early modern periods, from roughly 1200 to 1700. A major university press has expressed interest in the project. See the attached CFP for a more detailed description.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • representations of enslavement in the Mediterranean and/or the New World in epic poetry
  • plotting slavery in Italian (or Italian translations of) early novels and romances
  • performing enslavement in early modern comedy, tragedy, and opera
  • race, religion, and gender: intersectional analyses of enslavement in the novella tradition
  • “domestic” vs. “foreign” forms of slavery in travel literature
  • personal accounts of slavery and enslavement in letters and diaries
  • representing the speech of slaves on the page and on the stage
  • hagiographies of saints who were enslaved or were the children of slaves

Essays should be between 8,000 and 10,000 (max) words, including all footnotes and bibliography. Please send an abstract (max 500 words) plus a five-page (max) CV to both Suzanne.Magnannini@Colorado.edu and amaggi@uchicago.edu.

Abstracts due: January 31st, 2020

Essays due: January 31st, 2021


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