Welcome back to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Read on for full details!
Calls for Papers
Religious conversion is a highly personal phenomenon–Augustine under the fig tree has the company of the voices of children and a found biblical verse, Luther spends days in solitary conversation with Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Cassius Clay is in dialogue with one or two sympathetic interlocutors. Yet conversion, as personal as it often is, can also ramify outward into the world with great force, galvanizing new communities, breaking old ones, and changing the political world utterly. 28 February 2017 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘The Politics of Conversion: Martin Luther to Muhammad Ali’. This conference will take place at the Newberry Library, Chicago from 14-16 September 2017, and full details are available here.
What are the consequences of disbelief for the real, the imaginary, the fictional, the ordinary, the extra-ordinary, the uncanny – for what it means to be human? A conference entitled ‘Disbelief from the Renaissance to Romanticism’ will take place at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary from 25-27 May 2017. Proposals are due by 20 February 2017, and more information can be found here.
A conference on ‘Shakespeare, Technology, Media, Performance’ will take place at the University of Exeter on 24 June, 2017. This conference will examine the recent significant changes in how Shakespeare’s plays are performed and disseminated through old and new technologies and media. More information is available here, and 27 February 2017 is the deadline to submit an abstract.
Ian McEwan’s recent novel Nutshell (2016), in which Hamlet is an unborn foetus, is only the latest in a line of appropriations of Shakespeare’s plays stretching back to 1600. Hamlet itself stretches beyond the seventeenth century, drawing on sources that date back to twelfth-century Denmark, and referring within itself to relics of older drama that Shakespeare may have seen as a boy in Stratford. Hamlet looks both backwards and forwards in time. The play also covers a remarkable range of emotional states, including anger, love, hatred, grief, melancholy and despair. ‘Hamlet and Emotions: Then and Now’ will take place at The University of Western Australia on 10-11 April 2017. This symposium invites new readings of the play, focusing on any aspect of its emotional life in the widest sense. Proposals are due by 28 February 2017, and more details can be found here.
The Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for an organised panel on ‘Translation and Transmission: Mediating Classical Texts in the Early Modern World’ to be delivered at the next meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Boston, Massachusetts from 4-7 January 2018. The main goal of this panel is twofold: 1) to locate the study of early modern classical translations within larger currents of literary scholarship, especially translation studies; 2) to reintegrate literary criticism and philology through a renewed assessment of the role of translation in early modern culture. Proposals must be received by 20 February 2017, and the full call can be viewed here.
Calls for Manuscripts
Studies of the conditions of the early modern Globe and Blackfriars theatres have enriched our understanding of the production and meanings of dramatic scripts and improvisations performed there. Curiously, except for the masque, the circumstances of performance at the Elizabethan and early Stuart courts have received little critical attention. This, however, has slowly started to change. Richard Dutton has recently demonstrated in Shakespeare, Court Dramatist that a number of particularly long play scripts, like Q2 Hamlet for instance, may in fact have been written with a court performance in mind.The editors of an edited collection Performances at Court in Shakespeare’s Era (under contract with Rowman & Littlefield) invite abstracts for contributions examining performances at court in Shakespeare’s era. Chapters of this volume will deal with either real or dramatized court performances in order to bring new perspectives on the topic and to break ground for new avenues of thought. More information can be found here, and proposals are due by 28 February 2017.
Contributions are currently being sought for an edited volume addressing the proper/expected and improper/rebellious performances and perceptions of widowhood (also comparative papers on widowers). Studies should focus on British literature from any historical period. While all types of literature are of initial interest, the editors are particularly inviting propositions on drama and its representations of widows and their fate. Abstracts are due no later than 15 March 2017, and more information is available here.
15 March 2017 is also the deadline to submit a chapter proposal for an edited volume on Moriscos and Amerindians during the Early Modern period. The collection will focus on historical, anthropological, artistic, religious, literary, linguistic, or comparative approaches relating to Moriscos and Amerindians during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spain and the Americas. More details can be found here.