CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Cultural Transmission and Translation in Utopian Literature

Source of Information: CFP 2003-09-02/2003-09-08
Date of Event: 2004-02-12 to 14
Location of event: Tempe, USA
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2003-09-20


Cultural Transmission and Translation in Utopian Literature

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute papers to be presented at a proposed session of Translatio, or Transmission of Culture, the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Tempe, Arizona, February 12-14, 2004.

Papers in this panel will seek to explore various conceptualizations of cultural transmission and translation in medieval and Renaissance utopian writing. Utopian texts frequently define ideal commonwealths in terms of how cultural, religious, and scientific knowledge is best transmitted and mediated in society. Since they represent (putatively) ideal societies, these texts suggest or resist the possibility of translating the social, political, cultural, religious, and intellectual values of their fictional utopias into the real world. Furthermore, given the social critique implicit in utopian literature, reader reception is particularly interesting, and may involve the translation of utopian texts into different languages for new audiences and the transmission of utopian ideas within diverse cultural contexts. Papers may take up one or more of the above topics, or investigate other aspects of cultural transmission and translation in utopian writing.

Selected papers will be considered for publication. See the conference website for more details:

Please submit one-page abstracts (email preferred) by September 30, 2003 to:

Travis DeCook
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
71 Queen's Park Crescent East, Room 301 Pratt Library
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1K7

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