CFP: Maternity and Romance Narrative in the Renaissance (4/18/09; Venice, 8-10 April 2010)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Helen Hackett notes the “profoundly ambivalent attitude to the maternal” in Shakespeare’s last plays (_Women and Romance Fiction in the English Renaissance_, 155). In spite of the associations of romance as a genre
with a female readership, such ambivalence to the maternal may characterize the romance tradition more broadly. This panel will explore aspects of the maternal in the romance narratives that ciruclated in England and continental Europe in the Renaissance. Papers may consider romance in any genre or guise.

Proposals are invited from graduate students as well as more senior scholars of literature for papers at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, to be held in Venice on 8-10 April 2010.

Please send a brief abstract, as well as a short CV, to kbamford_at_mta.ca, by Friday, April 18th. Accepted proposals will be announced by May 2nd.

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