National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies
Early Career Symposium, Friday 18 September 2015
- What are the benefits for researchers in early modern European literary studies (c. 1450-1700) of specializing in a particular national literature?
- What is gained by working across national boundaries and in more than one language?
- How can research agendas respond better to the transnational and multilingual nature of literature at this time?
- And how might co-operation between specialists help us to ask and answer innovative research questions?
This one-day symposium, organized in association with the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at Queen Mary University of London, was held on Friday 18 September 2015. It was especially designed for early career researchers (including advanced postgrads) working in several disciplines (including English, Modern Languages and History) to reflect on challenges and opportunities for research in early modern European literary culture across different languages and nations. A central aim was to give researchers working in different areas the chance to meet each other, make new contacts and exchange ideas.
The day consisted of papers and panel discussions, a roundtable, and an opening address given by Prof. Ingrid De Smet FBA (Warwick).
Supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) and in association with the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (CREMS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Venue: ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre and Foyer, QMUL.
10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee
10.30-10.35 Welcome (Peter Auger, QMUL)
10.35-11.30 Keynote Address (Chair and Respondent: Prof. Warren Boutcher (QMUL))
Prof. Ingrid De Smet FBA (Warwick), ‘The Unbearable Lightness of National Boundaries in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies’
11.45-13.00 Panel 1: Between National and European Cultures (Chair: Alice Brooke (Oxford))
Niall Oddy (Durham), ‘Approaching the Idea of Europe through French Literature’
John Gallagher (Cambridge), ‘This rich jewell of speaking tongues: Early Modern England Between Languages’
Una McIlvenna (Kent), ‘The Challenges and Benefits of Researching Early Modern News Songs in Four Languages’
Respondent: Matt Coneys (Warwick)
14.00-15.15 Panel 2: Cultural Relations (Chair: Nydia Pineda De Avila (QMUL))
Alisa van de Haar (Groningen), ‘Defying Linguistic Divides. Philips of Marnix of Saint-Aldegonde Facing the Multilingual Low Countries’
Raphaële Garrod (Cambridge), ‘The Polemics of German Wit and Esprit Français in Early Modern France: Ingenium, Translation, and National Contexts’
Bryan Brazeau (Warwick), ‘London Calling: John Harington’s Adaptation of Ariosto in Late Sixteenth-Century England’
Respondent: Emilie Murphy (National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway)
15.40-16.55 Panel 3: Comparative Approaches (Chair: Jenny Oliver (Oxford))
Rachel Holmes (St Andrews/ Cambridge), ‘Whose Consent Matters? Reading Romeo and Juliet Transnationally’
Suzanne Jones (Oxford), ‘Printable Borders: Molière in Early Modern England’
Martina Pranić (Freie Universität Berlin/ Charles University, Prague), ‘Folie à deux: Praises of Folly in the Works of Marin Držić and William Shakespeare’
Respondent: David Amelang (Freie Universität Berlin/ University of Kent)
17.00-17.45 Roundtable: New Challenges, New Opportunities? Peter Auger (QMUL, chair), Kate De Rycker (Newcastle), Sara Harris (Cambridge), Oren Margolis (Oxford), and Felicity Maxwell (NUI, Galway)
18.00- Informal Drinks and Dinner
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