CFP: Publics and Genre (5/20/2017; RSA 2018); Note: Panel organizer must be based at a Texas institution
by Jessica C. Murphy
Title: Publics and Genre
Organizers: Matt Hunter and Jeffrey Doty
This panel invites papers that consider the interactions between genres, publics, and publicity in early modern England. In the past decade scholars have drawn upon the concept of “the public”—variously defined as networks of association, as self-organized discourses, as social imaginaries—in order to examine anew the intersections between the literature, politics, and social histories of early modern England. What is the relationship between early modern literary genres and the publics they address? How do new publics generate new literary genres (or vice versa)? How do literary genres—from prose romances to history plays, from printed satires to handwritten lyrics, from tragedies and comedies to epic poems—alter in response to the publics through which they circulate? How do genres endow the experience of public-ness with affective resonances? How do paratexts, marginalia, and other material conditions of texts help us to understand their public, social life? By asking these and other questions, this panel hopes to extend recent scholarship on early modern publics and the social dimensions of genre. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome.
This panel is sponsored by an RSA associated organization, the Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium (MRC) at the University of North Texas.
• Name, university, email address
• Paper title (15-word maximum)
• Abstract (150-word maximum)
• A very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum)