CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Devotional Time in the Early Modern Period


Source of Information: GEMCS-L 2000-02-03
Date of Event: 2000-11-16 to 19
Location of event: New Orleans, USA
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2000-03-31





Call for papers for Group for Early Modern Culture Studies on November
16-19, 2000 in New Orleans, LA

The topic of the panel is "Devotional Time in the Early Modern Period."
Most early modern devotional texts were closely linked to the experience of
time. One prayed certain prayers, read certain verses, performed certain
devotional acts at different times in daily or annual experience. Spiritual
autobiographies are predicated on the idea of spiritual change over time:
Donne's meditations on the "emergent occasions" of his illness is typical
of this keen awareness of temporality in the devotional work. Even
Protestant reconceptions of the mass and of the saints entailed new
understandings of how Christ's body and the saints existed vis-a-vis human
linear time. So, paradoxically, it was spiritual texts--those focused on
the timelessness of eternity--that were simultaneously most concerned with
temporality. This panel invites papers that explore all facets of religious
experience and time in the early modern period. 

Please send a one-page abstract by March 31 to Alison Chapman. My postal
address is Dept of English, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118. My
email address is achapma@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu. 
Alison Chapman
English Dept
Tulane Univ.
New Orleans, LA 70118
achapma@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu