Rome and Home: The Cultural Uses of Rome in Early Modern English Literature
This special issue will explore the influence of ancient Rome upon the literature and culture of early modern England and the related issues it provoked. We therefore welcome proposals for articles that consider any aspect of this subject; topics for discussion may include (but are not restricted to):
· Roman history as a narrative source in early modern drama, satire, and narrative poetry.
· Translation, rhetoric, and the influence of Latin.
· The influence of republicanism and stoicism and the bearings of Roman political ideas upon debates relating to sovereignty, citizenship, and absolutism.
· The relationship between ancient Rome and English (or British) national identity.
· The use of imagery associated with the Roman Empire in royal propaganda and iconography.
· The influence of Roman sources in debates relating to political factionalism and civil war.
· The resonance of Roman culture compared with the influence of ancient Greece.
· The links between Rome and Catholicism.
Please send abstracts (250-300 words) to Professor Lisa Hopkins (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr Daniel Cadman (email@example.com), or Dr Andrew Duxfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 2 May 2014.