Jen Boyle started the topic CFP MLA 2019: Fragile Sovereignty, Precarious Transactions in the discussion Seventeenth-Century English Literature on MLA Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
2019 MLA Convention
Special Session CFP
Fragile Sovereignty, Precarious Transactions
The promise of becoming in mediated transactions is fragile and unpredictable. Such transactions
might act as an instrument of interpellation that produces sovereign subjects, on the one hand,
and precarious objects, on the other hand. Or, as is often the…[Read more]
The friends, followers, and fans of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, made no small contribution to the world of early modern English letters. This essay contributes to our growing understanding of the Essex circle’s literary afterlife by contextualizing BL Additional MS 18638, an early seventeenth-century manuscript containing a partial English…[Read more]
This article argues that King Learn can help re-shape ecocriticism. The play’s focus on human dis-harmony with the nonhuman environment resonates with the “post-equilibrium shift” in ecological thinking. The play’s emphasis on the way natural systems such as the weather disrupt human meaning-making generates an alternative to dualistic notions of…[Read more]
Historians, literary scholars, and international lawyers interested in the early modern period have all grappled with the problem of anachronism, yet mostly independently of one another. This essay uses the question of war crime in Shakespeare’s Henry V to argue that early modernists interested in international law need not reject synchronic h…[Read more]
A how-to lesson on working with Early English Books Online and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online, focusing both on the basics of searching and navigating interfaces and on thinking about remediation on how EEBO and ECCO represent material texts. Presented originally at Edinburgh’s “Beyond the Black Box” series in May 2017.
One of the most familiar literary topics is the seduction scene. Both Shakespeare and Milton enhance this tradition by shifting the motives offered by the seducer to ones fitting increasingly autonomous and ambitious women, foreshadowing many of the concerns of modern feminism.
This summer (July, 2017), Richard Strier is directing an NEH seminar on King Lear — text, sources, criticism, afterlife, etc. — at the U of Chicago. All interested tenured, tenure-track, and full-time non-tenure-track instructors at colleges and universities are invited to apply. The 16 accepted applicants will receive a stipend to attend t…[Read more]
Christopher Warren deposited Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: A Statistical Method for Reconstructing Large Historical Social Networks in the group LLC 17th-Century English on MLA Commons 1 year, 7 months ago
In this paper we present a statistical method for inferring historical social networks from biographical documents as well as the scholarly aims for doing so. Existing scholarship on historical social networks is scattered across an unmanageable number of disparate books and articles. A researcher interested in how persons were connected to one…[Read more]
Critics have long used the heuristic device of opposing John Milton and Thomas Hobbes, but this essay explores surprising affinities between the two. After observing that Milton and other Restoration dissenters often agreed with Hobbes on questions of ecclesiastic jurisdiction and toleration nearly as much as they disagreed with what seemed at…[Read more]
Giving voice to women who suffer the brunt of masculine anxieties, THE TRAGEDY OF MARIAM privileges what I call “feminine anxieties” in its depiction of all the female characters, especially in the trinity of Mariam, Doris, and Salome. By depicting women who defy convention, the play stages women’s multiple perspectives on, reactions again…[Read more]
Shakespeare’s MACBETH interrogates the tyranny of absolute monarchical practices and divorces them from naturalized gender constructions by placing Lady Macbeth at the center of the play’s violence. I argue that she provides a parodic inversion of the ideal wife and and puts pressure on masculinist and violent structures of relations that depend…[Read more]
The English Department at U.C. Berkeley has developed two multimedia humanities websites at “Shakespeare’s Staging” and “Milton Revealed,” illustrating classic rewards and problems in digital humanities programs. Users are uniformly positive about the simple, selective, and fully organized structure. Visits are numerous, averaging 200-400 p…[Read more]
John Milton is a hero to Millennials: C. S. Lewis based Perelandra on Paradise Lost; Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy mirrors the epic; Mark Morris’s best ballet is “L’Allegro and Il Penseroso”; digital artist Terrance Lindall created virtual images of Paradise Lost for the Oxford U. Press; Comus is the originator and lead Krewe for…[Read more]
Nearly all scholars who work on medieval or early modern texts at some point work from digital facsimiles. There are advantages and disadvantages to such objects: what they might offer in terms of convenience and availability, they lack in material information. We can adjust the nature of what questions we ask of which object, consulting digital…[Read more]
This article is a review of the Haan-Lewalski OUP edition of Milton’s shorter. The book, I argue, is inexcusably difficult to use, and suggests that perhaps the time has come to replace long, very expensive tomes with digital editions.
Joyce Meier of Michigan State University and I are editing a collection of scholarly essays on the theme of Voice and Empowerment in English studies. Cambridge Scholars Publishing is interested in publishing this book.
As faculty members, we try to empower our students and to encourage them to develop their own voices. We also…[Read more]
17th-Century Britain/and/or/in Europe
A panel reframing geographical and literary contours: literary, political, or philosophical concerns; networks; thinking beyond ‘Crisis’; questioning current institutional barriers. 300 word abstract by 21 March 2015; Sharon Achinstein (email@example.com) and Anston Bosman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Aphra Behn Society will be hosting two sessions at ASECS in 2015. Abstracts due to session organizers by September 1, 2014.
Collaborations: Women in the Arts
Dr. Carolyn Woodward
During most of the eighteenth century, copyright was still in flux and of benefit mainly to booksellers. Although in the middle of…[Read more]