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Subject: CFP: New Worlds Reflected,
1500-1800 (5/20/05; 12/10/05)
New worlds reflected: representations of
utopia, the New World and other
Call for Papers
"I saw new Worlds beneath the Water ly,
New Peeple; yea, another Sky,
Thomas Traherne (1637-1674), "On Leaping over the Moon".
Papers are invited for this
interdisciplinary conference to be held at
Birkbeck, University of London, on Saturday 10 December 2005.
The early modern period produced a wealth of travel writing, whether
travel in question was to the New World beyond the seas, a planet
skies, or another imagined or idealised location. This conference will
the inter-related nature of utopia and travel-writing, and explore
representations of other worlds from the sixteenth to eighteenth
How did the discovery of the New World, renewed belief in the
worlds, and the utopian impulse to create a new world influence early
literature? How did these influences interact and develop?
Prospective speakers include:
> Dr William Poole, New College, Oxford;
> Jenny Downes, National Maritime Museum;
> Pete Langman, QMUL.
Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:
> Representations of other planets or countries and their
relationship to the
Earth or England
> The origins of science fiction in utopian and travel writing
> The influence of natural philosophy on utopianism or travel
> Writings on the plurality of worlds and their literary
> The imaginary voyage or utopian narrative in early modern
> Representations of newly discovered countries and their
> The theological influences on perceptions of other worlds
> Conceptions of borders and boundaries in other world and travel
> Dystopian travel writing
> Utopianism in travel writing; "the utopian moment of travel"
> The influence of the "New World" metaphor on the
Abstracts of no more than 300 words in length, for papers of
minutes, should reach Chlok Houston: [log in to unmask] by 20th
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