Monday, October 22, 2012

Poetics and Prose theory in Early Modern English – call for papers

29 May 2013, CREMS, University of York

A day symposium - Speakers include Gavin Alexander (Cambridge),
Jennifer Richards (Newcastle)

Papers are invited (c. 20 minutes) on any aspect of early modern
poetics and prose theory, in (or relating to) English writing of the
period. Topics might include: how does rhetorical theory relate to
poetic practice? Why do theorists of poetry write defences, apologies
and orations in praise of poetry? Was there ever any spontaneous
overflow in the renaissance? Is there any early modern ‘prose theory’
in the way there might be said to be ‘poetic theory’? What
conspicuously different kinds of prose (as opposed to prose subject
matter) existed in the period?

Contact: Kevin Killeen,

This symposium is part of a diffuse and ongoing Thomas Browne Seminar
that has digressed quite far:


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