Call for Papers
Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing
University of Reading Early Modern Studies Conference, 9 – 11 July 2013
We invite papers for the 2013 Reading Early Modern Studies Conference on any aspect of the various material cultures through which early modern women’s writing has been produced, transmitted and received. Criticism of the last decade has increasingly emphasised women’s engagement with diverse generic forms and modes of circulation, expanding the parameters of the field beyond literary interpretation of the texts themselves to a new engagement with their textual histories. This strand of this conference builds upon the increased visibility of form and transmission in the field to focus specifically on early modern women’s engagement with material textual cultures: the material objects they produced, the forms in which they wrote, the ways in which they circulated their work and the ways in which their texts were read by both their contemporary and later audiences. Questions that might be considered include: How was early modern women’s writing originally packaged and promoted, how did it circulate in its contemporary contexts, and how was it read in its original publication and in later revisions and redactions? How do we configure publication and authorship in relation to early modern women’s writing? What shifts are necessitated by recent theories within history of the book scholarship that view texts as material artefact, textual collage, social network, publication event and collaborative enterprise? What relation do the material cultures of early modern women’s writing have to the material cultures surrounding male-authored writing of the period?
Papers may be on any aspect of the material cultures of early modern women’s writing, including but not limited to the following:
• The material text
• Authorship and early modern women’s writing
• Circulation and reception
• Transmission and redaction
• Early modern women and patronage
• Early modern women and editing
• Early modern women and publishing
• Early modern women and print
• Manuscript cultures
• Literary networks and coteries
• Collaborative writing practices
We welcome the submission of individual papers as well as proposals for complete panels, roundtables, and workshops on women’s writing from any nation in the early modern period. Please send proposals of @200 words to Wendy Alexander (Wendy.Alexander@newcastle.edu.au) before January 7, 2012.
This one-day symposium hosted by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London aims to bring together postgraduates and academics to explore how the issues of feminism, influence and inheritance animate or problematize their work and practice in the field of literary study. Through this conference we aim to begin a discussion about the challenges and anxieties, but also the significant rewards of engaging with our substantial feminist inheritance as scholars working in English Studies today. It will seek to consider how contemporary research relates to the rich, complex and extensive history of feminist research in the discipline and explore how new directions in literary study might be informed by the work of the past.
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I am currently reading “The Female Breast in Reformation Culture” by Ronald Huebert (Dalhousie Review 87.2 2007: 205-224) and was particularly struck by the image he includes of Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Charity. Thought I would share the image from the National Gallery with you:
Shakespeare and the Myth of the Feminine – June 26-29, 2013 Montpellier France | cfp.english.upenn.edu
Iconic Shakespearean actresses such as Peggy Ashcroft 1988 have marvelled at the versatility and depth of Shakespeare’s feminine roles. Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Ophelia, Queen Margaret, Juliet, Paulina, Desdemona, Volumnia, Lavinia… all are characters which have been variously represented, or objectified in Western culture, and whose names have now become easily recognizable emblems or concepts—even myths.
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The Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society invites papers examining all aspects of translation and transmission in and of the Renaissance for its conference to be held from October 18th to 21st, 2012 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, sponsored by the University of the Fraser Valley. Papers might consider, for instance,
-the art / practice of textual translation and transmission in the Renaissance
- cross-cultural communication in the Renaissance
-“translation” between and across genres and media (theatre, visual arts, music, literature, etc.) and across specialized discourses (for instance from the medical to the political)
-the political and ethical implications of translation in and of the early modern period
-endangered languages and translation in the Renaissance
-physical acts of translation, such as the remaking of new clothes from old clothes, or other forms of material translation / “carrying across” or transformation
-the “translation” and “transmission” of early modern texts in manuscript, print and electronic media from the late sixteenth-century onward
-translating, transmitting, and teaching the Renaissance in the (post)modern classroom
-diaspora and translation in the early modern period
-“translating” and/or “transmitting” the Renaissance in the digital age
-the untranslatable Renaissance/early modern untranslatabilty
- mistranslation in (and of) the Renaissance
-translation and interpretive authority in the Renaissance
Multi-media presentations and traditional papers in the fine arts, the humanities, and the social sciences are encouraged.
Abstracts for individual papers and proposals for three-paper panels are invited.
Abstracts should run 250 words for papers of 20-minute delivery length.
Panel proposals must include abstracts for all three papers.
Deadline: August 15, 2012
Submissions should be sent to:
UFV Department of English
33844 King Road
We invite paper and session proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on English responses to the Psalms, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Civil War. Invited speakers include Eric Stanley (Oxford), Jane Toswell (Western Ontario), Daniel Anlezark (Sydney), Elizabeth Solopova (Oxford), Annie Sutherland (Oxford), James Simpson (Harvard), Brian Cummings (York) and Margaret Hannay (Siena College, NY).
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Her Own Worst Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters (Submit by Nov 16, 2012) | cfp.english.upenn.edu
The Editors are seeking essays that examine the ways that women from around the world have served as the oppressive hand in the lives of other women. In this new feminist theory text entitled Her Own Worst Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters, the book’s ultimate goal is to discuss, explain, and explore the following areas of concern: how women were prevented from being helpful to their sisters; how they may have been encouraged to dismiss woman-centered calls for equality, political clout, or sexual power; or when and how some women were actually forced to turn their backs on their sisters as a means of protecting themselves and what little power they actually possessed. The book will address these concepts in the following categories: religion, race, politics, literature, popular culture, music, media, and history.
Essays submitted should clearly identify with one of the above areas of concern and explore its position(s) through one of the aforementioned categories. Authors are allowed to submit in more than one category.