Early Modern Paratexts

Event Date: 
26 Jul 2013

University of Bristol

Keynote Speaker: Dr Helen Smith, University of York


This one-day conference seeks to gather together scholars working on paratexts in early modern literature, to share and survey current research, to generate new lines of enquiry and to create opportunities for collaboration.  300-word proposals are invited for 20 minute papers.  Research that is speculative, or still in development, is welcome alongside pieces that are further progressed.  Some topics and questions for consideration might be:

·     Paratexts in particular genres

Particular kinds of paratexts (prologues, epilogues, glosses, arguments etc)

The paratexts of a particular author or printer

Considerations of how paratexts function in a variety of media

Discussions of the various editions of a particular work or group of works

Paratexts in/as translation

Interactions between image and text

Investigations of how paratexts shape, or are shaped by, authorship and/or reading practices

How do paratexts shape or structure material texts?

Enquiries into the usefulness of the term ‘paratext’ in the period.  What are its limits/benefits?  Are there alternative models that are useful/better (e.g. parergon, frame theory)?

How does paratextual theory intersect with other kinds of theory?

Is it possible to generalise about how paratexts function in early modern literature?

When is a paratext not a paratext?

Does the paratext exist?

      Please include 5-10 keywords in all proposals. sion of proposals is Friday 1st February, 2013, with decisions on submissions to be circulated by Friday 1st March. 

Please send all submissions and queries to earlymodernparatexts2013@gmail.com 

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