CFP: Form and Reform: Writing New Politics in Seventeenth-Century England (5/5/08; RSA 09)

by Jessica C. Murphy

In many respects the tumult of the seventeenth-century English political landscape can be traced to the failure of conventional political platforms and categories: once-stable institutions had trouble accommodating shifting notions of the English self, prompting reconceptualizations of social identity, responsibility, and action that had viability outside of these failed forms. This panel will consider how
authors make use of literary space to experiment with new relationships to a newly-problematic past and present as they look to rethink the possibilities for their own political status. Proposals might consider
how authors use their work to attempt to strip away institutional markers in response to various pressures, or to reshape notions of history to cope with their unsettling experiences of defeat and disenfranchisement.

Please email abstracts to Nathaniel Stogdill at by Monday, May 5.