The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0412  Tuesday, 12 February 2002

From:           Helen Ostovich <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 11 Feb 2002 21:45:21 -0500
Subject:        CFP: The Mysterious and the Foreign in Early Modern England


October 4 & 5, 2002
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Patricia Parker (Stanford)

This conference at McMaster University will explore representations of
foreignness in English writing c1550-c1650 arising from travel to remote
and exotic places as well as representations of mysterious regions of
intellectual and spiritual quest. As the conference invites a wide range
of perspectives and approaches, so we encourage participation by
academics from different disciplines such as history (social, political,
economic, medical, technological), art history, literary studies, drama,
women's studies, music, etc.

Possible topics include

*encounters with other peoples (whether Irish, Jew, Moor, African, East
Indian, American Indian, Eskimo)

*exotic food, clothing and the importation of foreign art and artifacts

*the development of museums and antiquarian collections to study and
house the foreign and mysterious

*the intellectual endeavour to uncover scientific and medical mysteries

*the realms of the supernatural, of miracles, of mystical paradox

*the early modern loss of or debunking of mystery

Proposals for further related topics are welcome.

3 copies of the papers (reading time 20 minutes) plus abstracts are
requested by the deadline date, Friday, May 31. Abstacts alone (approx
300-500 words) are also acceptable, though complete papers are
preferred. Abstracts may be submitted electronically in the body of an
email letter 

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