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>From: "Wendy Hyman" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Early Modern Automata (9/15/06; collection)
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>Early Modern Automata
>Edited by Wendy Beth Hyman
>
>Proposals sought for a new book of essays on Early Modern literary
>ìautomataî:  inanimate objects of all kinds, brought to life on the stage
>or the page.  While several studies have examined the role of hydraulics,
>pneumatics, and clockworks during the scientific revolution, this book
>will take a broader scope, looking at the incredible fantasies of
>animation that proliferated in an era poised between mysticism and
>empiricism.  Essays on the engineering triumphs that thrilled spectators
>at court masques and Renaissance gardens are welcome, but equally welcome
>are essays on the merely imagined automata of Renaissance literature: e.g.
>Spenserís Talus, Raleghís girl of ìsnow and silk,î Shakespeareís Hermione.
>  What does it mean to be human? What is the relationship between spirit
>and matter, or soul and body? Although mimesis may be a goal of classical
>aesthetics, how does one deal with the threat of art that is too real? Is
>it the logical culmination of human technology and imagination, or a
>dangerous expression of hubris? The animated statues, machines, and
>succubi of the Renaissance inevitably prompt these and other philosophical
>questions, at the same time as they refract the eraís larger
>epistemological uncertainties and existential longings.
>
>This collection will approach these heterogeneous issues by bringing
>together the perspectives of literary scholars, art historians, and
>historians of science and technology.  I welcome essays on any of these
>general topics, particularlyóalthough not necessarily
>exclusivelyóaddressing British and European automata c. 1500-1700.
>
>If you are interested in contributing to the volume, please email an essay
>title, a 500-word proposal, and a brief CV by September 15th to:
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>Wendy Hyman
>Assistant Professor
>Department of English
>Ithaca College
>319 Muller Faculty Center
>Ithaca, NY 14850
>(607) 274-1135
>http://faculty.ithaca.edu/whyman/

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