CFP: Early Modern English Nuns RSA 2011, Deadline May 7 |

by Jessica C. Murphy

This panel addresses the creative work produced at continental convents for early modern British nuns. In the last years of the 16th century and throughout the 17th century, over twenty convents were established for English and Irish women on the continent, allowing these women to pursue religious callings that were illegal within Britain itself. In efforts to establish their communities, maintain connections with those at home and other exiles, and negotiate spiritual differences among themselves, the English nuns produced a wide variety of texts, including–but not limited to–devotional meditations, letters,translations, biographies, autobiographies, histories, and poetry.

We seek proposals for 20-minute papers discussing the literary and creative practices within these convents. Potential topics for papers include:

*Convent coteries
*Spiritual and/or national politics
*Reading and/or writing practices
*Use of print and/or manuscript
*Convent patronage
*Connections to Britain and/or other exiles

Please email a 150-word abstract of your paper, contact information, CV, and affiliation by Friday, May 7 to the organizers:

Jaime Goodrich
Elizabeth Patton

via CFP: Early Modern English Nuns RSA 2011, Deadline May 7 |