Call for Papers: Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literaturs


Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literaturs

26-27 February 2016, Durham (UK)

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University ( invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of self-commentary and self-exegesis in Early Modern European literature, broadly defined as ca. 1400 – ca. 1700. The conference will be aimed specifically at bringing together both established scholars and early career researchers working on diverse Renaissance literary traditions (including Neo-Latin and Slavonic languages), and promoting cross-cultural dialogue.

A number of fundamental questions will be addressed, including:

  • How do authorial commentaries mimic standard commentaries?
  • If commentaries ordinarily aim to facilitate textual comprehension and bridge the gap between a text and its readership, in what ways can this be true of self-commentaries as well? What further motivations and strategies are at work?
  • How do writers of the Renaissance position themselves in respect of the classical tradition?
  • How do they progressively depart from the medieval scholastic practice of glossing texts?
  • How do self-commentaries interact with the primary text and contribute to its reception?

For consideration, please send a title and abstract of ~300 words as well as a one-page CV to no later than 15 October 2015.

Please see the CFPs and the website for more details.

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