ACTS OF WRITING IN THE EARLY MODERN LITERATURE OF EUROPE Due March 2012 | cfp.english.upenn.edu
by Jessica C. Murphy
Call for Contributors: “Acts of Writing in the Early Modern Literature of Europe”
In the literature of early modern Europe, there are numerous literal or metaphorical “acts of writing”: legal, commercial, epistolary or literary. Writing serves to construct memory and can become actual inscription, as in Hamlet, when the hero, confronted with the injunction of his father’s ghost, feels compelled to exclaim: “My tables, / My tables – meet it is I set it down” (Hamlet, I.5.107-108). But writing can have other implications – it can be a sign of authorial self-reflexivity; it can enhance the power of the spoken word by creating a visual sign on stage to be read by the spectator. The act of writing can also draw attention to the materiality of the literary composition in poetry and prose: ink, pen, paper, and other objects involved in the writing process. Conversely, it can be used to express the writer’s difficulties in constructing and expressing thoughts. These acts of writing can give rise to various interpretations: cultural (the question of authorship, the evolution of humanistic culture in an expanding print marketplace), religious or moral (writing as inscription/ prescription) and aesthetic.
We welcome articles in English on acts of writing in the European literature of the early modern period for the 2012 Spring-Summer issue of Etudes Epistémè (http://www.etudes-episteme.org), a biannual peer-reviewed on-line journal based at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.
Contributors should submit an abstract and a biographical note by June 1, 2011 to Laetitia Coussement-Boillot (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Christine Sukic (email@example.com). Acceptance notifications will be sent by July 15th 2011 and deadline for completed articles will be March 1, 2012.