CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Identifying the Explicit in Renaissance England

Source of Information: CFP 2002-01-20
Date of Event: 2002-12-27 to 30
Location of event: New York, USA
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2002-03-15

MLA 2002, Special Session: Identifying the Explicit in Renaissance 

\"Explicit,\" an adjective used to describe all that is meant without 
leaving anything to implication or suggestion, first appears in English 
in 1614. Why was explicitness (and the ability to identify it as such) 
necessary in Renaissance England? We seek papers that examine the problem 
of \"explicitness\" in the early modern period, in its theoretical, formal, 
epistemological, or institutional aspects.  Was explicitness synonymous 
with exactness?  Was the explicit vulgar: i.e., accessible to all?  Was 
the explicit public, or identified with publication?  What was never 
explicit? Topics might include the mimetic qualities of explicit 
representation (\"realism\" and problems of reference, idealization, 
objectification), varieties of explicit discourse (violence, sexuality, 
scientific inquiry, religious experience), forms and formats of explicit 
representation (i.e. lyric, travel narrative, conduct manual, clothing, 
theatrical convention, print and graphic illustration, legal record), the 
rhetoric of the explicit (oath, interrogation, affirmation, invective, 
accusation, proclamation, statement, thesis, inventory), the 
institutional contexts of explicit utterances (court, street, tavern, 
theater, church, book).  

Email abstracts for 20-minute papers to Ayanna Thompson 
( or Henry Turner ( by March 

Ayanna Thompson
Assistant Professor English Dept
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131

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