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>Subject: CFP: Retribution in Renaissance Literature (5/19/05; RSA, 
>3/23/06-3/25/06)
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>For the Renaissance Society of America Conference in San Francisco 
>(March 23-25, 2006).
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>This panel seeks to re-examine literary representations of revenge in early
>modern culture.  Papers are welcomed from across genres, countries, languages,
>and disciplinary/theoretical approaches.
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>Much scholarly attention has been given to the mimetic function of revenge and
>the authorizing narratives used to justify (or proscribe) vengeance.
>Reevaluation of these issues is certainly welcomed.  However, this panel seeks
>to open the field of inquiry even further.
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>Topics for consideration may include, for example, the following:
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>-- the aesthetics of vengeance (that is, the sheer artistry and creativity
>coincidence with retribution);
>-- the economies of revenge (or retribution as a type of industry);
>-- mercy, forgiveness, and the rejection of revenge; the possibility of mercy,
>or the absence of retaliation, as unethical;
>-- revenge and its relation to the early modern soul;
>-- feuding and the genealogies of revenge;
>-- retaliation across cultural and/or gender categories;
>-- retaliation via the printed word;
>-- revenge and the comedic;
>-- modes of non-violent, or even passive, retribution (revenge via the absence
>of action);
>-- corporate (as opposed to individual) quests for reprisal.
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>These, of course, are simply possibilities for critical inquiry.  Papers
>examining any aspect of the revenge in early modern literature are welcomed.
>
>Please send abstracts (max. 200 words) to Chris Crosbie
>([log in to unmask]) by May 19, 2005.  By mail: 510 George Street,
>English Department, Murray Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
>08901-1167.

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