[Milton-L] CFP

Judith H. Anderson anders at indiana.edu
Sun Jan 15 10:45:40 EST 2012

Since a number of Miltonists also work into or in the long 18th century, I
want to share this CFP for a collaborative session that the International
Spenser Society has proposed with the MLA's Division for Restoration and
Early Eighteenth-Century literature -- for the 2013 MLA Convention in
Boston.  Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested
(especially colleagues working in the long 18th century).  


CFP:  Edmund Spenser in the 18th Century
A session co-sponsored by the International Spenser Society and the MLA
Division on Restoration and Early-Eighteenth-Century English Literature

This session will explore the presence of Edmund Spenser's poetry,
especially The Faerie Queene, in the literature of the Restoration and
eighteenth century.   Of obvious interest are the great range of direct
imitations or expansions of the Spenserian allegorical mode, poems often
written in Spenserian stanzas, the best known perhaps being James Thompson's
The Castle of Indolence, though there are scores, if not hundreds, of other
instances.  Also relevant might be Spenser's influence on the allegorical
inventions of a prose writer such as Bunyan, or a satirist like Pope.  The
myriad echoes of or allusions to Spenser in eighteenth-century poets are
another possible focus, as are writings about Spenser by eighteenth-century
critics and scholars such as Thomas Warton or Richard Hurd.   One might ask,
for example, What do such writers see in Spenser that we may no longer see,
or not see as clearly?  How did the example of Spenser influence particular
writers of this period?  In what ways did eighteenth-century encounters with
Spenser prefigure or shape the more evident influence of Spenser on the
English Romantics?

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