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Calls for Papers
While the mythological figure of Narcissus has become a common topic in literature and the arts, Echo, the nymph, can hardly be said to have elicited the same amount of interest. And yet, although Echo cannot speak for herself and has consequently been overlooked in criticism, her voice might still be heard reverberating today, and be worth listening to. Indeed, the nymph who was sentenced by divine law to repeat part of another’s words might also produce new meaning through this very process of deferral and alteration. A conference called ‘Echoes of Echo in British Literature from the Renaissance to the Present’ will take place in Amiens, France from 30 March-1 April 2017. It aims to study Echo’s mythological, acoustical and metaphorical manifestations in British literature. Proposals are due by 30 June 2016. You can find more details here.
As You Like It’s entry on the Stationers’ Register on August 4, 1600, ‘to be staied’ from publication, and its first and late publication in Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio, seem to indicate a successful play which the Lord Chamberlain’s Men wanted to keep as their exclusive property. Its popularity never faded. A light-hearted comedy striving to achieve harmony, it gives pride of place to cross-dressing and metatheatricality. Through a vivid and witty language emphasizing constant interactions between prose and poetry, the play examines the implications of true love from the point of view of a strong-minded heroine, Rosalind, who joyfully challenges all the established codes of love and courtship. 30 June 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘New Perspectives on As You Like It’, a conference to be held in Lyon, France from 6–7 January 2017. The full call can be found here.
Visual and material remains are tantalizing clues to the former glories of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This is particularly the case for surviving religious material culture. Scholars from across many different disciplines have analysed these objects, buildings, and paraphernalia in an attempt to piece together the late medieval and early modern religious experience and the role religion played in daily life. An event entitled ‘The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity 1400-1600’ seeks to bring together perspectives and research on religious objects from a range of disciplines and areas during the chaotic period from 1400 to 1600. By bringing together scholars from different disciplines, curators and heritage sector representatives it is hoped that a more holistic discussion of visual and material objects will come to light. This event will take place from 11-12 April 2017 at the University of Huddersfield, UK. More details can be found here, and 15 July 2016 is the deadline for submitting abstracts.
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes and Shakespeare and the 700th anniversary of the death of Ramon Llull, a conference is being organised at the University of Valencia, Spain. Its general theme is ‘Literary Images of Madness: Llull – Cervantes – Shakespeare’, and it will take place from 2-4 November 2016. Further information can be found here, and abstracts are due by 15 July 2016.
For Deleuze and Guattari there are modes of literature that offer themselves to the state, to official and institutional discourse, and thus to the hierarchically transcendent. These reactionary forms are to be contrasted with the resistant, revolutionary, and immanent ‘lines-of-flight’ of ‘minor literature’. At first glance it might seem disingenuous to link minor literature with the author at the undisputed centre of the English canon. Certainly there is a repressive, deathly and conservative Shakespeare. But there is also a Shakespeare of the margins, uncanniness and resistance. From 23-24 September 2016, the University of Split, Croatia will host ‘Minor Shakespeares: The Politics and Aesthetics of the Margins’. Abstracts are due by 31 July 2016, and the full call can be found here.