Friday, October 05, 2012

Transforming Early Modern Identities

Friday, Oct 12th, 9a-5p
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Skylight Room (9100)

8:30a-9:00a Registration

9:00a Opening Remarks
Tanya Pollard, The Graduate Center, CUNY

9:15a-10:30a Transformative Potential: Affect, Subjectivity, Identity
Chair:  Lorena Uribe Bracho, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Amelia Worsley, Princeton University
Milton´s Loneliness

Michael Shelichach, The Graduate Center, CUNY
"Being Nothing": Subjectivity and the Virtual in Shakespeare´s Richard II

Joseph Bowling, The Graduate Center, CUNY
"This fortress built by nature for herself": Material Agency and
Political Affect in Richard II

10:30am-11:30am Identity in Motion: Early Modern Travel Writing
Chair:  Gavin Hollis, Hunter College, CUNY

Lea Puljcan Juric, Independent Scholar
Transforming the Illyrian body: English and Scots Travelers on Slavery
and Piracy in the Eastern Adriatic

Eva Johanna Holmberg, University of Helsinki & Queen Mary, University
of London
Beyond ethnographies: Depiction of Eastern Christians in early modern
English travel writings

11:30am-12:30pm Break for Lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm Subject Interrupted: Temporality, Suspension, Transformation
Chair:  Linda Neiberg, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Sarah Lewis, King´s College London
`[P]uffed and reckless´ prodigality: the actions and delays of
masculinity in Hamlet

Catharine Gray, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Marvel, Militarism, and the new Commonwealth

1:30pm-2:30pm On Paper: Political Identity & Textual Production
Chair:  Will Fisher, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Michael Durrant, University of Manchester
"Flesh Prevailing Over the Spirit": Henry Hills´ Adultery and The
Prodigal´s Polemical Purpose

Julie Crawford, Columbia University
Margaret Cavendish, Orator

2:30pm-2:45pm Coffee Break

2:45pm-4:00pm Working Boys: History, Class, Performance, Identity
Chair:  Shiraz Biggie, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Ronda Arab, Simon Fraser University
Apprenticeships for Gentlemen: Transforming Young, Male Subjectivities

Pamela Allen Brown, University of Connecticut, Stamford
Glamour at Work: English Boys, Foreign Actresses, and Italian Dressing

Nancy G. Selleck, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Making Shift with Boys: Revisiting the work of the boy-heroine

4:00pm Keynote Address
Hannah Crawforth, King´s College London
"A Father to the Soul and a Son to the Body": Transforming Family
Relationships in Early Modern England

5:00pm-6:00pm Reception (Room 4406)

EMIG would like to thank the Doctoral Students' Council, The PhD
Program in English, Renaissance Studies Certificate Program and
OpenCUNY for their sponsorship of and support for this conference.

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