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Text and Image Conference
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0124  Monday, 21 January 2002

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Date:           Saturday, 19 Jan 2002 13:01:31 -0500
Subject:        Text and Image Conference

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A series of early modern interdisciplinary conferences has taken place
at the University of Reading since 1989, sponsored by the Departments of
English and History. We have now taken over the organizing role long
fulfilled with characteristic flair by Cedric Brown. In 2002 we shall be
staging the fifth conference in this series, entitled 'Text and Image:
England 1500-1750'. This title is intended to encourage, more explicitly
than our previous themes, the exploration of relationships between
literature and the visual arts. . We are looking forward to receiving
proposals for individual papers or sessions.

Yours sincerely,
 Ralph Houlbrooke and Adam Smyth

Text and Image
England 1500-1750

The Fifth International Literature and History Conference at the
University of Reading
10-12 July 2002

For more details, please visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/english/EMRC.htm
or
contact Adam Smyth (
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Ralph Houlbrooke (
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Text and Image
England 1500-1750

Call for Papers

The fifth Reading History and Literature conference will take place on
10-12 July 2002. Our theme is intended to attract both historians and
literary scholars; we also hope that historians of the visual arts will
this time take a bigger part than in the previous four conferences. We
have in mind five main strands or lines of enquiry:

Complementarity. How have text and image complemented each other?
Examples might include illustrations of printed texts by engraved
pictures or diagrams; the marriage of sculpture and inscription,
particularly on church monuments; and the appearance on maps of text for
the purposes of identification and explanation.

Antagonism. How have text and image been affected by conflict between
them? The vexed relationship of inscribed word and image has been a
significant element of Judaeo-Christian history, and an especially
important one during the Reformation. Idolatry was one of the most
damaging charges levelled against the Roman Catholic Church by
Protestant reformers who held the misuse of images to be directly
contrary to the Word of God revealed in the scriptures.

Image as text. How in the twenty-first century might we 

 

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