Call for proposals:
Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, San Diego—April 4-6, 2013.
The Hispanic Literature division of the RSA is sponsoring panels on the following:
The Marriage Plot: Matrimony and Family in Early Modern Spain
As an increasing body of scholarship makes clear, marriage and the family were a central cultural concern in early modern Spain as in other parts of Europe. Tridentine reforms made practices of betrothal the focus of new legislation and theological debate. Humanists and clergymen penned a proliferation of manuals on ideal marital conduct and household administration. Arbitristas devised projects to ameliorate the dramatic decline in marriage and birth rates in the first decades of the seventeenth century. Portraits and images of the Holy Family created models of wifely virtue, patriarchal authority, and filial loyalty. How did the renewed emphasis on the marriage plot and its offshoots (adultery, prostitution, and concubinage) fuel novellas and dramas? What theological, social, economic, and civic concerns were implicated in regulations and representations of the conjugal bond? How did the renewed emphasis on the spiritual lives of monks and nuns relate to the early modern marriage plot? To what extent did prescriptive, legal, and literary discourses on marriage converge with or diverge from one another? Submissions are invited to address these and related questions from the disciplines of literature, history, and art history. Send 150-word abstracts and 1 page CVs to Laura Bass (lrbass[at]tulane.edu) by May 25, 2012.
The Intersection of Economics, Culture and the Arts in Early Modern Spain
How did culture shape the economy of early modern Spain and its colonies? How did the economy affect individuals and social relationships, as well as their representation in the literary and graphic arts? How did banking, borrowing, investing, and losing money become practices of everyday life? This panel explores the ways economic thought, culture, and literature intersected and influenced each other while responding to the monetary upheavals, and economic developments of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Send 150-word abstracts and 1 page CVs to Laura Bass (lrbass[at]tulane.edu) by May 25, 2012.
The following panels are co-sponsored by the Cervantes Society of America and the RSA division on Hispanic Literature:
Cervantes and His Early Modern Contexts
This panel addresses two interrelated developments: the intellectual, religious, literary, historical, and cultural influences that shaped the writings of Miguel de Cervantes, and how the writings of Cervantes in turn contributed to broader developments in the early modern period. How did Cervantes draw upon and react to the world around him, and how did he influence or alter the understandings of his near contemporaries? Send 150-word abstracts and 1 page CVs to both David A. Boruchoff (david.boruchoff[at]mcgill.ca) and Laura Bass (lrbass[at]tulane.edu)) by May 25, 2012.
Una mesa de trucos: Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares (1613)
1613 marks the fourth centenary of the publication of Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares. This panel invites submissions on their original contexts of composition, transmission, translation, and reception within Spain and beyond. Close readings of particular novellas in relation to the world known and of concern to Cervantes are especially encouraged. ’ Send 150-word abstracts and 1 page CVs to both David A. Boruchoff (david.boruchoff[at]mcgill.ca) and Laura Bass (lrbass[at]tulane.edu) by May 25, 2012.
All proposals should bear in mind the interdisciplinary makeup of the Renaissance Society of America and the need to speak to scholars whose primary interests and expertise may lie beyond the Spanish-speaking world. Successful proposals will be published in the conference program.