11 July 2014, 10 am
An international conference at the University of Bristol, Friday 11 - Sunday 13 July 2014. Supported by the Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies.
Confirmed plenary speakers:
There is a persistent discussion between scholars of the medieval and early modern periods about how both periods are conceptualised and about the interrelations between them. How can reading, or rereading, the connections between these two poets contribute to this discussion? Chaucer is customarily read as a poet of the High Middle Ages, whose valorisation of the vernacular had a profound influence on the poetry of subsequent centuries. Spenser is often read as a poet of the High Renaissance for whom continuity with the past (literary and historical) was a paramount issue. What are the connections between these poets and how can they help to shape revisionist discussions about the periodisation of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance? This conference aims to reread the connections between Chaucer and Spenser, in the light of recent critical methodologies and reformulations of historical continuity and difference. The organisers hope to publish a selection of the resultant papers as a single volume, so the following questions seek to elicit contributions that collectively have a sense of coherence, without constraining what contributors wish to discuss.
Please send 300 word proposals for 20 minute papers to email@example.com, including five to ten keywords highlighting the content of the paper. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, 28 October 2013.