National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies

National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies

Queen Mary University of London, Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
Queen Mary University of London
United Kingdom
From - Until
18.09.2015 -
Auger, Peter

What are the benefits for researchers in early modern European literary studies (c. 1450-1700) of specializing in a particular national literature? What is gained by working across national boundaries and in more than one language? And how can research agendas respond better to the transnational and multilingual nature of literature at this time?

This one-day symposium, organized in association with the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at Queen Mary University of London, will be held on Friday 18 September 2015. The day will consist of papers and panel discussions, a roundtable, and an opening address given by Prof. Ingrid De Smet FBA (Warwick).

The symposium is especially designed for early career researchers (including advanced postgrads) working in several disciplines (including English, Modern Languages and History) to reflect on challenges and opportunities for research in early modern European literary culture in different languages and that crosses national boundaries. A central aim is to give researchers working in different areas the chance to meet each other, make new contacts and exchange ideas.

Thanks to generous support from a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA), attendance is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. In order to attract researchers from across the country and abroad, the organizers are able to provide limited assistance with travel expenses for participants travelling from outside London. Places are limited and will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information about the event and how to register please visit, or Please contact the organizers at


10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee
10.30-10.35 Welcome (Peter Auger, QMUL)
10.35-11.30 Keynote Address (Chair and Respondent: Prof. Warren Boutcher (QMUL))
Prof. Ingrid De Smet FBA (Warwick), ‘The Unbearable Lightness of National Boundaries in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies’

11.30-11.45 Break

11.45-13.00 Panel 1: Between National and European Cultures (Chair: Alice Brooke (Oxford))
Niall Oddy (Durham), ‘Approaching the Idea of Europe through French Literature’
John Gallagher (Cambridge), ‘This rich jewell of speaking tongues: Early Modern England Between Languages’
Una McIlvenna (QMUL/ Kent), ‘The Challenges and Benefits of Researching Early Modern News Songs in Four Languages’
Respondent: Matt Coneys (Warwick)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.15 Panel 2: Cultural Relations (Chair: Alessio Cotugno (Warwick))
Alisa van de Haar (Groningen), ‘Defying Linguistic Divides. Philips of Marnix of Saint-Aldegonde Facing the Multilingual Low Countries’
Raphaële Garrod (Cambridge), ‘The Polemics of German Wit and Esprit Français in Early Modern France: Ingenium, Translation, and National Contexts’
Bryan Brazeau (Warwick), ‘London Calling: Linguistic and Literary Adaptations of Tasso and Ariosto in Late Sixteenth-Century England’
Respondent: Emilie Murphy (National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway)

15.15-15.40 Break

15.40-16.55 Panel 3: Comparative Approaches (Chair: Jenny Oliver (Oxford))
Rachel Holmes (St Andrews/ Cambridge), ‘Whose Consent Matters? Reading Romeo and Juliet Transnationally’
Suzanne Jones (Oxford), ‘Printable Borders: Molière in Early Modern England’
Martina Pranić (Free University, Berlin/ Charles University, Prague), ‘Folie à deux: Praises of Folly in the Works of Marin Držić and William Shakespeare’
Respondent: Linda Grant (Royal Holloway, University of London)

17.00-17.45 Roundtable: New Challenges, New Opportunities? Peter Auger (QMUL, chair), Kate De Rycker (Newcastle), Sara Harris (Cambridge), Oren Margolis (Oxford), and Felicity Maxwell (NUI, Galway)

18.00- Informal Drinks and Dinner

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