International Spenser Society at RSA 2012 March 22-24 2012: Spenser’s Afterlives | cfp.english.upenn.edu
by Jessica C. Murphy
International Spenser Society at RSA 2012: Spenser’s Afterlives
March 22-24 in Washington, DC
While Spenser’s adaptations of previous poets (notably Petrarch, Tasso, Ariosto, and Chaucer) have been well documented, less attention has been given to Spenser’s own influence on subsequent literary creations and political and religious debates. This panel will focus on Spenser’s afterlives in the late sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. Possible paper topics include the presence of Spenserian themes, characters, and situations in the work of writers such as Fletcher, Shakespeare, Wroth, or Milton, to name just a few; seventeenth-century editions and adaptations of Spenser’s poetry; quotations from or references to Spenser in seventeenth-century political tracts; Spenser’s influence on older poetic forms (the sonnet, the romance) and creation of others (the Spenserian stanza); and specific discussion of Spenser’s life and work (by Milton or Digby, for instance).
Please submit your name, contact information, a 1-page cv, paper title, keywords, and abstract (150 word limit) to Melissa Sanchez (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 16.