CFA, MLA 2017 French 16th-C Literature and Culture

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    Leah L. Chang

    Call for Abstracts, MLA 2017 in Philadelphia, PA

    MLA Executive Committee for Forum in 16th-Century French Literature

    New Work in 16th-Century French Literature and Culture

    The MLA  Executive Committee solicits proposals for 20-minute papers presenting new work in French 16th-century literature and culture.  Proposals that feature ongoing work in preparation for publication (monograph or essay) are particularly welcome. Please send 200-word abstracts to Leah Chang ( by 3/15/2016.

    The Vibrant Renaissance: Matter, Objects, and the Nonhuman in Early Modern France

    Recent work on new materialisms and political ecologies of matter and things is reframing how we think about matter, about its dull-ness or vibrancy (Bennett), about the agency of assemblages (Deleuze and Guattari, Latour), and about nonhuman objects (Harman, Bryant). Proposals sought for 7-minute position papers for a roundtable at the MLA about the connections between such fields/theories and Early Modern France. The committee would be particularly interested in propositions that theorize what the Early Modern period, i.e. a period before geology, before certain disciplinary splits, can bring to contemporary theory. Please send 200-word abstracts to Phillip John Usher ( by 3/15/2016

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