The third Annual English Literature Symposium at the University of Portsmouth will examine the literary and cultural representation of intimate, non-sexual relationships in the Early Modern period. The term ‘amity’ offers a specifically Renaissance definition of affectionate relationships, incorporating a wider range of types of relationship than just friendship, including loving-friendship, benevolence, affection and relationships connected by the soul.
To that end, the symposium organisers would welcome papers that include, but are not limited to, the following themes: the literary representations of amity, the relationship between amity and self-fashioning, amity within literary communities or coteries, the relationship between amity and reading, and the influence of classical philosophy, renaissance humanism or Christian theology on the conceptualization of amity.
Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a 100 word abstract to Dr Bronwen Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Paraic Finnerty (email@example.com) before June 20th 2009.
The symposium takes place on September 17th 2009. Professor Lorna Hutson will be the plenary speaker at this event.
Drs Bronwen Price and Paraic Finnerty
School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies,
University of Portsmouth,
Milldam, Burnaby Rd,
Portsmouth PO1 3AS.
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