“Every region neere”: Explorations in gendered, generic, historical, and geographic regions, 1500-1700
I have recently been contacted by Cambridge Scholars Press about possibly editing a volume on early modern approaches to region, and I am interested in soliciting abstracts for contributions that consider gendered, generic, or geographic regions in early modern texts.
Whether exploring the intersections between gendered self-fashioning and regional identity, inventing imagined regions, endorsing ecocritical versions of place and region, negotiating tensions between geography and identity, developing specific domestic regions within a household framework, or articulating differences in regional dialect or forms of polyglottism, early modern texts were constantly reworking regions at material, ideological, and intellectual levels. By looking at ways in which early modern writers dismantled, elaborated, heightened, or constructed ideas of regional identity, this collection should demonstrate ways in which early modern texts made “every region neere” while exposing how far we are from understanding the different geographical, linguistic, textual, generic, and ideological boundaries that demarcated particular regions of the early modern world.
Submissions that look at liminal geographic, linguistic, and textual regions are particularly welcome. Possible avenues of inquiry might investigate different “regions” of the early modern books, cartographic representations of regions, household regions, and dialect regions, among many other topics.
Please contact Emily Smith firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to submit an abstract. To receive full consideration, please send a brief abstract for a 20-30 page paper before March 15, 2006. Early proposals are welcome.
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