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Enfants Terribles II
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1651  Thursday, 29 September 2005

From:  		Gary Taylor <
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Date: 		Mon 9/26/2005 10:17 PM
Subject: 	Enfants Terribles II

Last October, when I announced plans for a symposium featuring six 
scholars under 40 who work primarily on Renaissance drama, I promised to 
announce a second symposium featuring six scholars under 40 who work 
primarily outside drama. The promised symposium, "Renaissance Poetry and 
Prose: The Future of the Past", will take place on December 9-10; the 
six speakers and their paper titles are listed below, along with two 
essays or book chapters they have chosen as representative of their best 
work.

This symposium is being funded by the English Department at Florida 
State University; it celebrates the expansion of Renaissance studies 
here at Florida State, where this year I and Celia R. Daileader have 
joined the already-fantastic four of Bruce Boehrer, James O'Rourke, 
Daniel Vitkus, and Nancy Warren. Each of the six speakers will be 
introduced by one of the six early modernists here.

My original search (under the banner "Enfants Terribles") was guided by 
more than a hundred nominations I received from scholars around the 
world.  (All nominated scholars are listed at the bottom of this 
message.) I wish I could give a dozen such symposiums, because there are 
at least another sixty younger scholars out there I would like to 
invite. The six who will be speaking at Florida State on December 9-10 
are all extraordinarily talented intellectuals who, in my never-humble 
but often-humbled opinion, are shaping the future of the field. In 
alphabetical order, the speakers and their paper titles are:

JEFF DOLVEN (Princeton), "Communities of Style". Dolven has just 
completed a book on the transformations of literary didacticism during 
the English educational revolution, TALES OUT OF SCHOOL, and is 
currently starting a new project on lyric style. (1)	"Spenser's Sense of 
Poetic Justice", Raritan 21 (2001), 127-40 (2) "When to Stop Reading The 
Faerie Queene", in Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same: New Essays 
in Poetry and Poetics, Renaissance to Modern, ed.  Jennifer Lewin 
(Beineke Library, 2002)

BRUCE HOLSINGER (Virginia), "The Work of God: Liturgical Poetics from 
Caedmon to Cranmer".  Holsinger is the author of a new book on the 
critical role of premodernity in shaping the twentieth-century French 
avant-garde and is engaged in a long-term project on liturgy from the 
Anglo-Saxon period through the Reformation. (1) "Lollard Ekphrasis: 
Situated Aesthetics and Literary History,' from a volume of JMEMS (2005) 
responding to James Simpson's Reform and Cultural Revolution (the 
Medieval volume of the new Oxford English Literary History) (2) "The 
Four Senses of Roland Barthes," from a book coming out with University 
of  Chicago Press any minute now, The Premodern Condition: Medievalism 
and the Making of Theory

CATHY SHRANK (Sheffield), "Tudor Dialogue and the Garrulity of 
Sixteenth-Century Literary Culture". Shrank does literary, historical 
and sociolinguistic work on the reclamation of sixteenth-century 
literature and the Renaissance canon. (1) 'Rhetorical constructions of a 
national community: the role of  the King's English in mid-Tudor 
writing', in Alexandra Shepard and Phil Withington (eds), Communities in 
Early Modern England (Manchester University Press, 2000). (2) "Andrew 
Borde: Authorship and Identity in Reformation England"', Ch. 1 of her 
book Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530-1580 (OUP, 2004)

RAMIE TARGOFF (Brandeis),  "Donne's Little Worlds". Targoff focuses on 
the intersections between religious practice and literary form.  (1)"The 
Performance of Prayer: Sincerity and Theatricality in Early Modern 
England", Representations  60 (Fall 1997) (2) "Facing Death", in The 
Cambridge Companion to John Donne (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2005)

HENRY TURNER (Wisconsin-Madison), "Toward an Analysis of the Early 
Modern Corporate Ego: The Case of  Richard Hakluyt." Turner works on the 
relationship between the problem of form, materialism, and early 
scientific thought. (1) "Sir Philip Sidney and the Practical 
Imagination," Ch. 3 of his book The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, 
Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts (Oxford: OUP, 2006) (2) "Nashe's 
Red Herring: Epistemologies of the Commodity in Lenten Stuffe (1599)," 
ELH  68.3 (Winter, 2001): 529-561.

JULIAN YATES (Delaware), "Stealing Shakespeare's Oranges". Yates works 
on agency and material culture. (1) "Rewriting the Renaissance Myth" 
Chapter 1 of his book Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the 
English Renaissance (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003) 
(2) "Counting Sheep: Dolly does Utopia (Again)" Rhizomes 8 (2004) , 42 
paragraphs at http://www.rhizomes.net/issue8/yates2.htm

NOMINATED SCHOLARS
Every one of the scholars nominated is deserving of attention; many 
received more than one nomination. In choosing speakers I excluded 
former students, former colleagues, scholars I already regard as 
personal friends, scholars I have already invited to give lectures in 
another context, scholars whose work too closely resembles the work of 
someone else I wanted to invite, and scholars who despite their youthful 
energy and appearance turned out to be over 40-and, of course, scholars 
whose genius my own intellectual limitations prevented me from 
appreciating properly.

Philip Armstrong
Crystal Bartolovich
Susan Bennett
Caroline Bicks
Joseph Black
Gina Bloom
*Karen Britland
Tanya Brolaski
Douglas Brooks
Regina Buccola
Mark Thornton Burnett
Shane Butler
Bianca Calabesi
Kate Chedzgoy
Steven Cohen
Bradin Cormack
Katherine Craik
Celia Daileader
Mario DiGangi
Lara Dodds
Tobias Doring
Katherine Eggert
Gabriel Egan
*Lukas Erne
*Ewan Fernie
Sonja Fielitz
Joan Fitzpatrick
Juliet Fleming
Mary Floyd-Wilson
Wes Folkerth
Pierpaolo Frasinelli
Tom Fulton
Alex Gillespie
Indira Ghose
Heidi Braverman Hackel
Jonathan Gil Harris
Andrew Hartley
David Hawkes
David Hillman
Pete Hinds
Heather Hirschfield
Jim Holstun
Blair Hoxby
Sujata Iyengar
Nicholas Jones
Rayna Kalas
David Kathman
Sean Keilen
Dennis Kezar
M.J. Kidnie
Bernhard Klein
Jesse M.Lander
Zach Lamm
Courtney Lehmann
Zach Lesser
Jennifer Lewin
Jeremy Lopez
Genevieve Love
Jennifer Low
James Loxley
Julia Reinhard Lupton
Andrew McRae
Jeffrey Masten
*Carla Mazzio
Paul Mezger
Andrew Murphy
Mark Netzloff
Scott Newstrom
Sharon O'Dair
Simon Palfrey
Matteo Panfallo
Roberta Pearson
Stephen Pincus
Kristen Poole
Leah Price
Shankar Raman
Eric Rasmussen
*Brian Reynolds
Katherine Rowe
Francesca Royster
Julie Sanders
Kathryn Schwarz
David Sedley
Bill Sherman
Cathy Shrank
Adam Smyth
Matthew Sperling
*Tiffany Stern
Garrett Sullivan
Douglas Trevor
Jennifer Waldron
John Watkins
Michael Whitmore
Matthew Woodcock
Ramona Wray
Andew Zurcher

Dr. Gary Taylor
George Matthew Edgar Professor of English
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580
Fax: (850)644-0811
Office: (850)645-6474

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