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

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