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CFP: Resurrecting the "First Five Hundred"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0357  Sunday, 15 June 2008

From:       Mitchell M. Harris <
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Date:       Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 16:54:08 -0500
Subject:    CFP: Resurrecting the "First Five Hundred": The Church Fathers in 
Early Modern England

In his "Challenge Sermon" delivered at St. Paul's Cross on November 26, 1559, 
Bishop John Jewel argued that the Church Fathers were the true architects of the 
Christian religion and that the English people would no longer be subjected to 
the sort of medieval tampering that had led the one true Church astray. "The 
first five hundred years of the church," he would argue, "are worth more than 
the whole thousand that followed afterward." For this collection, we are seeking 
essays that address the topic of the Church Fathers in early modern English 
culture. Topics addressed may include (but will not be limited to) the 
rhetorical, political, ethical, and material uses of the Church Fathers and the 
influence of the Fathers on education, rhetoric, science, philosophy, philology, 
the stage, book production, devotional and polemical writing, women and writing, 
the body, colonialist discourse, and the rise of capitalism.

Please address queries to the collection's editors, Mitchell Harris 
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 ). Essay proposals 
should be between 500 and 800 words. Completed essays should be between 4,000 
and 9,000 words in text, approximately 16-36 double-spaced pages, and should 
conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Chicago: The University of 
Chicago Press, 2003). Please use endnotes. Proposals and completed essays should 
be sent electronically as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file.

Mitchell M. Harris
Department of English
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W. College Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082

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