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RSA CFP Cambridge 2005
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0033  Wednesday, 7 January 2004

From:           Joseph Sullivan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 6 Jan 2004 22:03:27 -0500
Subject:        RSA CFP Cambridge 2005

Call for Papers: Audience Hindsight Bias and Renaissance Literature

Panel proposal for:
2005 Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Cambridge, UK.
April 7-9

The fundamental process for generating new interpretations of literature
is reengagement: scholars return to texts countless times in hopes of
new insights.  Yet social psychologists have demonstrated that our
perceptions of probability are skewed by outcome knowledge, such as
familiarity with plot.  While actors have long guarded themselves
against "anticipation", literary scholars have continued to behave as if
this pervasive "creeping determinism" does not exist.  Papers that
address either how scholarship has been shaped by hindsight bias or how
scholars can avoid creeping determinism are invited for a proposed
panel.  Deadline for submission (abstract/c.v.) is May 7, 2004.
Informal inquiries are welcome.  Materials can be sent via email or mail.

Early submissions are encouraged.

Joseph Sullivan
English Department
Thomas Hall
Marietta College
Marietta, OH  45750

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