CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Reading the Semes/Seams of the Early Modern City

Source of Information: gemcs-l 1999-03-05
Date of Event: n.a. (issue of a journal)
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 1999-09-30

Call For Papers
Special Issue "Reading the Semes/Seams of the Early Modern City"
The Journal of Narrative Theory
Max W. Thomas, Special Issue Editor

A great deal of work during the past decade has worked to reshape our
understanding of early modern spaces.  It has focused on scales both large
(cartography, cultural geography, nation- states) and small (domestic
spaces, closets, interiors), on locations both physical (streets, theaters,
landscapes) and imaginary (utopias, empires), on both the spaces themselves
and/or the boundaries between spaces, and on the gendered, classed, and
socio-cultural valences of those spaces.  

This special issue of JNT seeks to take stock of these recent advances and
to stake a claim for how, in their wake, to regard the early modern city.
What constitutes urban space?  What constitutes early modern urban space?
Is it a conceptual entity, a material construct, a civic abstraction, an
empirical structure, a site of exchange?  Is it constituted by its tropes
and semiotics, by its points of juncture and suture, by its very seamy-ness?  

Contributors are invited to submit essays that address any of these, or
other, aspects of early modern urban space.   "Early modern" should be
understood broadly to encompass the late- fifteenth through eighteenth
centuries; urban space should be understood broadly to encompass both
actual cities and discursive constructions.  Essays which give attention to
both material and theoretical issues are especially welcome, as are essays
with wide disciplinary focus.

Please submit either full articles or a 500 word abstract by 30 September,
1999 to 
Max W. Thomas
Department of English, University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52244.  
Email submissions are also welcome (

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