Monthly Archives: August 2017

News Nuggets – August 2017

Dear Milton Society of America Member,

Passages

1)  Effective August 1, Islam Issa is Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University

2) In July 2017, Honored Scholar of the MSA (2005) Gordon Campbell was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Leicester, an honor bestowed upon the likes of E.M. Forster, Richard Attenborough, and Desmond Tutu. You can see the presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLVZtJBECKM .

 MSA initiative

After a series of communications between Duquesne UP’s Director Susan Wadsworth-Booth and MSA President Elizabeth Sauer, and the input the MSA Executive Committee, especially MSA Secretary Feisal Mohammed and MSA Vice President Sharon Achinstein, the MSA has acquired the rights to post and maintain digital versions of DUP’s 3 volumes of the Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton, under the general editorship of Paul J. Klemp, and individual volumes edited by Cheryl Fresch, Stephen Dobranski, and Jameela Lares. The MSA will be looking into its webpage resources and keep you posted on the digital availability of the volumes, as well as what we find out about their material availability both short- and long-term. We are also in the process of acquiring a grant from Duquesne University for the posting and maintenance of the volumes: more on that once the MSA Treasurer (I) finalize the IRS tax matters and financial matters.

Still awaiting news on other developments at Duquesne UP and the Milton Studies journal.

 Milton and MSA-member publications

  1. March 2017 Milton Quarterly 51.1, under the general editorship of Edward Jones, is out and contains 3 articles, …

1A) “Milton and the Logic of Annihilation” by John E. Curran Jr.

1B) “‘Il drama di Giovanni Milton’: An Eighteenth-Century Italian Musical Adaptation of Milton’s A Maske by Roberta Klimt

1C) “‘These troublesome disguises which wee wear’: Dreassing and Redressing in the Garden” by Edward C. Jacobs

… 5 book reviews, of…

1D) Thomas Corns’s A New Companion to Milton (2003 MSA Honored Scholar) by Joseph Wittreich (1993 MSA Honored Scholar)

1E) Stephen Dobranski’s Milton’s Visual Imagination: Imagery in Paradise Lost by Colin Burrow

1F) Christopher Warren’s Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1690 by Alison A. Chapman

1G) Paula Loscocco’s Phillis Wheatley’s Miltonic Poetics by Blaine Greteman

1H) Mario Murgia’s Versos escritos en agua by Christopher Dominguez Michael, trans. Angelica Duran

… and 2 “Miscellaneous Notes and News,” by Neil Forsyth and Cedric C. Brown

  1. You’ll want to get a hold of the Special issue of MLQ: Milton and the Politics of Periodization, guest editor Rachel Trubowitz and contributors Lee Morrissey, James Nohrnberg, Andrew Hui, Marissa Greenberg, John Staines, and David Quint.

CF Conference Paper, publication, award proposals

1) On the Edge in Early Modern English DramaEdited by Mark Houlahan and Aidan Norrie: proposals due Friday, 4 August 2017

The editors invite proposals for chapters of c.7000 words for this edited collection/ Scholars have long analysed the extant dramatic productions, and the men who authored them. Much of this attention, however, serves to perpetuate a static and heteronormative view of the past. This collection thus seeks to bring together the people, ideas, and practices that exist on the edge, and collectively demonstrate their importance and relevance—both to early modern audiences, and to readers and performers today. Topics for chapters might include (but are not limited to): theatrical spaces outside the theatre; performances outside the London theatres; gender and performance; children, childhood, and child actors; staging ‘otherness’; publication and genre; texts, both extant and lost; civic entertainments; the edges of the canon; or the blurring of the edge. As this collection is interested in the ‘edge’ of early modern English drama, we do not anticipate including essays on canonical plays and authors who do not in some way demonstrate their engagement with the ‘edge.’

Please send abstracts of c.250 words with a brief biography to both Mark Houlahan and Aidan Norrie by Friday, 4 August 2017. Accepted authors will be notified by 31 August 2017, and completed essays of a maximum of 8000 words (including notes) will be due by Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

2) Newberry Library 2017-18 Graduate Student Programs; applications due September 30

– New Spain at the Newberry: Demystifying Colonial Documents from the Ayer Collection; February 16, 2018.

– The Turn to Religion: Women and Writing in Early Modern England; March 10, 2018.

3) New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 8–10 March 2018Sarasota, Florida: proposals due 15 September 2017

250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. For submission guidelines and to submit an abstract, see to http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp. Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Further details are available at the conference website.

4) IASEMS Graduate Conference at the British Institute of Florence, 20 April 2018; submissions due 29 October 2017

To submit a proposal for this one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years, see http://www.maldura.unipd.it/iasems/ .

5) The 24th Annual ACMRS Conference: “Reading the Natural World,” February 8–10, 2018, Scottsdale, AZ; Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, MST on December 1, 2017.

We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Conference Publication: Selected papers focused on “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium). Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated. Visit the  web page for further details on submissions. Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email acmrs@acmrs.org.

Seminars and events

1) The Newberry Library Milton Seminar 2017-18, aka U of Notre Dame’s Backyard

Mark your calendar for the two Indiana-based MSA Honored Scholars presenting at the nearby (Illinois) Newberry Libary…

1A) Saturday, November 11, 2017, Laura Knoppers, “Death’s Grin, or Monstrous Satisfaction in Paradise Lost and Frankenstein.”

1B) Saturday, May 19, 2018, Stephen Fallon, “John Milton and Isaac Newton: From Arianism to Socinianism.”

Th high noon Newberry Seminars are preceded by complimentary coffees, teas, goodies, and conviviality at 11:30 AM. For more information, see https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar .

Unexpected Milton sightings

Snaked from the Milton-l list …

1) Per Jeffrey Shoulson: “A friend called my attention to a flock of automated twitter feeds that have been tweeting Paradise Lost, one line at a time (there are separate feeds for each book). […] My attention has been drawn to words and phrases, syntax, and meter in ways that I usually miss when I read the poem the way we usually read it. Here’s the link: https://twitter.com/charlesreid1/lists/miltonbotflock/members .”

2) Per Stephen Dobranski: “a hillbilly named Songy re-tells Paradise Regained in a graphic novel by Gary Panter. The full story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/books/when-a-comic-book-hillbilly-and-milton-collide.html?_r=0 .”

3) Perhaps a stretch, perhaps not. There is a through-line in the film Genius (2016) starring Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe regarding the recommendation by Scribner editor and friend to Wolfe Max Perkins to change the title of the manuscript for his first book, which Wolfe does with bravado but without explanation from O Lost to Look Homeward, Angel, a quotation from Milton’s Lycidas (163). Near the end of the movie, Wolfe – a potential “genius” of the movie, the other being Perkins – collapses on a shore, perhaps a visual reference to the phrase from the pastoral elegy “genius of the shore” (183).

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica
Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-21)
Professor
English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)
Purdue University

News Nuggets – July 2017

Dear Milton Society of America member,

Please especially pass on to me news about M.A. and Ph.D. graduations and theses/dissertations, promotions, and job changes – and notify me of changes of email or postal addresses so that we can keep the membership Excel sheet up to date.

Member passages and publications

1) MSA Exec Comm member Brooke Conti has a trifecta of fellowships for her book-project, tentatively entitled “Religious Nostalfia from Shakespeare to Milton”: a summer Short-Term Research Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library; in winter 2017-18, the William A. Ringler, Jr., Fellowship at the Huntington Library; and in summer 2018, a Pforzheimer Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

 2) Jonathan R. Olson officially begins his post as Assistant Professor of English at Grand Canyon University in August 2017.

 3) Following on the heels of last month’s announcement about the upcoming release of Milton in Translation, edited by Angelica Duran, Islam Issa, and Jonathan R. Olson, please note that Oxford UP is kindly extending a 30% discount offer on the book, which you can get by using the promo code AAFLYG6 on the global website (OUP.com) at checkout.

The MSA at the MLA 2018 Convention

Times, dates, and rooms are forthcoming in July, but the MSA and Milton will be well represented at the MLA 2018 Convention with at least these panels. Please provide me with information about your MSA panels so that I can announce the full spate of member MLA panels in one of the Fall 2017 Nuggets.

1) MSA sponsored and co-sponsored panels…

1A) “John Milton: Exegesis and Prophecy; 2011 MSA Honored Scholar Mary Nyquist (Animality, the ‘Political,’ and Biblical Exegesis in Milton and Hobbes”; Abraham Stoll (Conscience and Milton’s Liberalism); Paul Cefalu (The Johannine Spirit-Paraclete in the Works of John Milton); 2010 MSA Honored Scholars Stephen Fallon (The Prophetic Milton and Isaac Newton).

 1B) co-sponsored with the Reception Study Society: “Surprised by Sin at 50”; chaired and intro by Angelica Duran (“The Reception of Surprised by Sin, 1967-1970 and 2007-2017”); Linda Gregerson (“The Poem as Thinking Machine”), Marjorie Perloff (“‘Writing Through’Paradise Lost: Ronald Johnson’s Perspectivist Reading”), and John Leonard (“There’s Such a Thing as Freedom in Surprised by Sin, and It’s a Good Thing, Too”), speakers; Stanley Fish (“Response”), respondent.

2) panels with MSA member participants…

2A) Special Session, “Reflections of Eve.” Speakers: James D. Nohrnberg (“The Naming of Milton’s Eve”), Eric B. Song (“From First to Second Eve, or, Tiresias Without Semele”), Lauren Shohet (““Starting Back”: Mary Shelley reading Eve”).

CF Conference Paper, publication, award proposals

1) “Disability and the Emotions,” seminar series hosted by the CCDS at Liverpool Hope University: proposals due on or before July 16, 2017
No crying in disability studies, that was the rule set by Joseph Shapiro’s No Pity in 1993, only to be broken a few years later by Elizabeth J. Donaldson and Catherine Prendergast at the 2000 MLA conference. In the decade that followed there was a proliferation of work on emotion, especially affect, which culminated in Donaldson and Prendergast’s Representing Disability and Emotion, a themed issue of JLCDS published in 2011. Since then the CCDS has engaged with the subject of emotion recurrently. Most recently, Ria Cheyne, Joanne Heeney, Margaret Price, Emma Sheppard, Chris Foss, and Michael Rembis all gave excellent seminars in the Disability and the Emotions series.
The proposal should consist of a summary of your presentation (200 words max) and a biographical note (100 words max). If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to give a 45 minute presentation in the 2nd part of the seminar series (2017-2018). Proposals should be sent to: ccds@hope.ac.uk

2) On the Edge in Early Modern English DramaEdited by Mark Houlahan and Aidan Norrie: proposals due Friday, 4 August 2017

The editors invite proposals for chapters of c.7000 words for this edited collection/ Scholars have long analysed the extant dramatic productions, and the men who authored them. Much of this attention, however, serves to perpetuate a static and heteronormative view of the past. This collection thus seeks to bring together the people, ideas, and practices that exist on the edge, and collectively demonstrate their importance and relevance—both to early modern audiences, and to readers and performers today. Topics for chapters might include (but are not limited to): theatrical spaces outside the theatre; performances outside the London theatres; gender and performance; children, childhood, and child actors; staging ‘otherness’; publication and genre; texts, both extant and lost; civic entertainments; the edges of the canon; or the blurring of the edge. As this collection is interested in the ‘edge’ of early modern English drama, we do not anticipate including essays on canonical plays and authors who do not in some way demonstrate their engagement with the ‘edge.’

Please send abstracts of c.250 words with a brief biography to both Mark Houlahan and Aidan Norrie by Friday, 4 August 2017. Accepted authors will be notified by 31 August 2017, and completed essays of a maximum of 8000 words (including notes) will be due by Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

3) Newberry Library 2017-18 Graduate Student Programs; applications due September 30

– New Spain at the Newberry: Demystifying Colonial Documents from the Ayer Collection; February 16, 2018.

– The Turn to Religion: Women and Writing in Early Modern England; March 10, 2018.

4) New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 8–10 March 2018, Sarasota, Florida: proposals due 15 September 2017

250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. For submission guidelines and to submit an abstract, see to http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp. Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Further details are available at the conference website.

5) The 24th Annual ACMRS Conference, February 8–10, 2018, Scottsdale, AZ; Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, MST on December 1, 2017.

We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Conference Publication: Selected papers focused on “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium). Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated. Visit the  web page for further details on submissions. Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email acmrs@acmrs.org.

Seminars and events

1) The Newberry Library Milton Seminar 2017-18, aka U of Notre Dame’s Backyard

Mark your calendar for the two Indiana-based MSA Honored Scholars presenting at the nearby (Illinois) Newberry Libary…

1A) Saturday, November 11, 2017, Laura Knoppers, “Death’s Grin, or Monstrous Satisfaction in Paradise Lost and Frankenstein.”

1B) Saturday, May 19, 2018, Stephen Fallon, “John Milton and Isaac Newton: From Arianism to Socinianism.”

Th high noon Newberry Seminars are preceded by complimentary coffees, teas, goodies, and conviviality at 11:30 AM. For more information, see https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar .

2) International Milton Seminar 12; University of Strasbourg, France; July 2019

This is just very early notice (no CFPs, etc., quite yet) and thanks to the good work of the IMS Standing Committee headed by Karen Edwards and the IMS12 coordinator Christophe Tournu.

Other news

No firm news yet on the closing of Duquesne UP and the new home for Milton Studies except that it is proceeding.

Unexpected Milton sightings…

1) From Ryan Hackenbracht…  For plans for a TV series adaptation of Paradise Lost, produced by Dancing Ledge Productions and actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), see http://www.empireonline.com/people/martin-freeman/martin-freeman-producing-paradise-lost-tv-series/ .

2) From Nicholas Von Maltzahn… “My tailor was Kevin Levett, who apprenticed to Poole in 1989 at the age of 16 and now is a director at the firm. He has a waxed moustache and was wearing a charcoal three-piece suit, with a gold seal depicting Milton hanging from his watch chain” (London Review of Books, 1 June 2017, page 29).

3) Image of “Milton’s Craft Bakers”’ Original Multi-Grain baked crackers: Edenic/non-GMO, of course.

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica
Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-21)
Professor
English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)
Purdue University

News Nuggets – June 2017

Dear Milton Society of America member,

Please especially pass on to me news about M.A. and Ph.D. graduations and theses/dissertations, promotions, and job changes – and notify me of changes of email or postal addresses so that we can keep the membership Excel sheet up to date.

Member passages and publications

1) Jameela Lares has been awarded (better said, earned) the position of Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities for 2017-2019. This is an honor granted to a member of the U.S. Mississippi humanities faculty and includes welcome support for a scholarly project of the professor’s design. Over the next two years, Jameela will be organizing and presenting a multi-media project, “Milton for Mississippi.” The Moorman Professorship honors Charles W. Moorman, long-time Southern Miss Professor of English and Vice President for Academic Affairs in the 1970s.

2) You’ll want to catch Heather Dubrow’s letter to the editor “Data versus Literature? The Digital Humanities and Literary Studies” (PMLA 131.5 (October 2016): 1557-59).

3) Available August 2017 but now ready for pre-order, Milton in Translation, ed. Angelica Duran, Islam Issa, and Jonathan Olson, “A major new work by a team of leading scholar that covers over twenty languages and literary cultures, allowing readers to observe trends in translation across eras and geographical space; engages with current debates in Milton studies, translation studies, and comparative and world literature; and provides a fresh perspective on Milton and his legacy.” See https://global.oup.com/academic/product/milton-in-translation-9780198754824?cc=us&lang=en& .

The MSA at the MLA 2018 Convention

Times, dates, and rooms are forthcoming in July, but the MSA and Milton will be well represented at the MLA 2018 Convention with at least these panels. I hope to include the information on the MSA’s guaranteed panel in the July Nuggets. Please forward me information if you too will be part of an MLA 2018 Convention panel.

1) Panel co-sponsored by the MSA and Reception Study Society: “Surprised by Sin at 50”; chaired and intro by Angelica Duran (“The Reception of Surprised by Sin, 1967-1970 and 2007-2017”);Linda Gregerson (“The Poem as Thinking Machine”), Marjorie Perloff (“‘Writing Through’Paradise Lost: Ronald Johnson’s Perspectivist Reading”), and John Leonard (“There’s Such a Thing as Freedom in Surprised by Sin, and It’s a Good Thing, Too”), speakers; Stanley Fish (“Response”), respondent.

2) Special Session, “Reflections of Eve.” Speakers: James D. Nohrnberg (“The Naming of Milton’s Eve”), Eric B. Song (“From First to Second Eve, or, Tiresias Without Semele”), Lauren Shohet (““Starting Back”: Mary Shelley reading Eve”).

CF Conference Paper, publication, award proposals

1) MSA awards; nominations due TODAY, June 1

Please see <http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=1910> for the newest award established by the MSA, the First Book Assistance Program, applications for which are due June 1.

2) The 2017 AHLiST (Association of History, Literature, Science and Technology) International Conference, November 16-21, 2017, Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS), South Korean: proposals due by June 1, 2017 with possibility of a 1-week extension.

This year’s conference theme is “Inclusiveness, Interdependence and Interconnectedness.” The organizing committee seeks proposals for individual presentations and panel proposal on any aspect of the history, digital humanities, literature, communication, science and technology, Mediterranean studies, linguistics, film studies, political sciences, and social sciences written in Spanish, English or Portuguese. This year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Dina Iordanova (University of St. Andrews) and Dr. Jesús Rodríguez Velasco (Columbia University).  Submit the panel proposal or 250-word abstracts for individual papers at http://ahlist.org/2017-ahlist-busan/

3) The Renaissance Society of America 64th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 22–24 March 2018; general proposals due June 7, 2017. Great thanks to those who submitted individual paper and panel proposals to the MSA by the May 19th deadline for the MSA’s 3 guaranteed and 2 non-guaranteed panels. For general submissions straight to the RSA, see http://www.rsa.org/general/custom.asp?page=2018NOLACfP

4)  The 2017 Conference on John Milton, October 12-14, 2017, Birmingham AL; papers and proposals due June 19, 2017

Submit full papers (10 pages maximum; not to exceed twenty minutes reading time) along with 150 word abstracts on the conference website:
https://cas.uab.edu/milton/. Featured speakers John Rumrich (U of Texas at Austin) and Elizabeth Sauer (Brock U); a staged reading of Samson Agonistes by the Improbable Fictions; two representatives from Clemson UP interested in talking with attendees about their projects and new directions in Milton criticism; and a final banquet at the renowned Birmingham Institute for Civil Rights. Questions may be directed to David Ainsworth and Alison Chapman.

 5) 5th Annual International Conference on Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCS 2017), 27th – 28th November 2017, Singapore: full paper submission deadline 16th June 2017.

All accepted and presented papers at the conference (CCS 2017) will be published in the conference proceedings (Print ISSN: 2382-5650, E-Periodical ISSN: 2382-557X). For more information, visit the CCS 2017 website: www.culturalstudies-conf.org.

6) “Disability and the Emotions,” seminar series hosted by the CCDS at Liverpool Hope University: proposals due on or before July 16, 2017
No crying in disability studies, that was the rule set by Joseph Shapiro’s No Pity in 1993, only to be broken a few years later by Elizabeth J. Donaldson and Catherine Prendergast at the 2000 MLA conference. In the decade that followed there was a proliferation of work on emotion, especially affect, which culminated in Donaldson and Prendergast’s Representing Disability and Emotion, a themed issue of JLCDS published in 2011. Since then the CCDS has engaged with the subject of emotion recurrently. Most recently, Ria Cheyne, Joanne Heeney, Margaret Price, Emma Sheppard, Chris Foss, and Michael Rembis all gave excellent seminars in the Disability and the Emotions series.
The proposal should consist of a summary of your presentation (200 words max) and a biographical note (100 words max). If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to give a 45 minute presentation in the 2nd part of the seminar series (2017-2018). Proposals should be sent to: ccds@hope.ac.uk

7) On the Edge in Early Modern English DramaEdited by Mark Houlahan and Aidan Norrie: proposals due Friday, 4 August 2017

The editors invite proposals for chapters of c.7000 words for this edited collection/ Scholars have long analysed the extant dramatic productions, and the men who authored them. Much of this attention, however, serves to perpetuate a static and heteronormative view of the past. This collection thus seeks to bring together the people, ideas, and practices that exist on the edge, and collectively demonstrate their importance and relevance—both to early modern audiences, and to readers and performers today. Topics for chapters might include (but are not limited to): theatrical spaces outside the theatre; performances outside the London theatres; gender and performance; children, childhood, and child actors; staging ‘otherness’; publication and genre; texts, both extant and lost; civic entertainments; the edges of the canon; or the blurring of the edge. As this collection is interested in the ‘edge’ of early modern English drama, we do not anticipate including essays on canonical plays and authors who do not in some way demonstrate their engagement with the ‘edge.’

Please send abstracts of c.250 words with a brief biography to both Mark Houlahan and Aidan Norrie by Friday, 4 August 2017. Accepted authors will be notified by 31 August 2017, and completed essays of a maximum of 8000 words (including notes) will be due by Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

8) Newberry Library 2017-18 Graduate Student Programs; applications due September 30

– New Spain at the Newberry: Demystifying Colonial Documents from the Ayer Collection; February 16, 2018.

– The Turn to Religion: Women and Writing in Early Modern England; March 10, 2018.

9) The 24th Annual ACMRS Conference, February 8–10, 2018, Scottsdale, AZ; Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, MST on December 1, 2017.

We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Conference Publication: Selected papers focused on “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium). Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated. Visit the  web page for further details on submissions. Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email acmrs@acmrs.org.

Other interesting news

1) Milton’s Cottage Trust. The Paradise Maintain’d Endowment Fund appeal for Milton’s Cottage was launched in late April 2017 by The Earl and Countess Howe at Penn House, Amersham. MSA member John Dugdale Bradley reports over £50,000 pledged to date. Then, Milton’s Cottage Trust has also just been awarded a UK Heritage Endowments grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which means that every donation to our Paradise Maintain’dEndowment Fund will be match funded by the UK National Lottery on a £:£ basis, up to the value of £250,000. Please see www.miltonscottage.org  Support Us page with a ‘donate’ button.

2) The Newberry Library “is thrilled to announce the launch of Religious Change, 1450 – 1700, a multidisciplinary project exploring how religion and print challenged authority, upended society, and made the medieval world modern.”

Unexpected Milton sightings…

On its recruitment postcards to high schoolers, Kenyon College writes “Best-selling author John Green ’00 credits his four years at Kenyon for teaching him how to listen. At Kenyon, he says that you will listen to “your professors and to your peers, but also to Toni Morrison and Jane Austen and John Milton as you all together examine the big questions of our species.”

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica
Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-21)
Professor
English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)
Purdue University

News Nuggets – May 2017

Dear Milton Society of America member,

We begin the May 2017 Nuggets aptly enough with Milton’s “Song. On May Morning” (cut and pasted from Tom Luxon’s wonderful Dartmouth Milton site):

Now the bright morning Star, Dayes harbinger,

Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her

The Flowry May, who from her green lap throws

The yellow Cowslip, and the pale Primrose.

Hail bounteous May that dost inspire

Mirth and youth, and warm desire,

Woods and Groves, are of thy dressing,

Hill and Dale, doth boast thy blessing.

Thus we salute thee with our early Song,

And welcom thee, and wish thee long.

Ah, very nice. On to business…

MSA at the 2017 MLA and 2018 MLA

1) 2017 MSA AD&M commissioned poet. Great thanks to MSA Comm Officer Andy Fleck for posting the 2017 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting program (AD&M), <http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=2259>, where you will find the poem “When I consider how my light is spent,“ commissioned by the MSA and performed at the 2017 MSA AD&M by Tyehimba Jess, who you will see won the Pulitzer Prize:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/business/media/pulitzer-prize-winners.html?_r=0

Another great poet!

2) 2018 MSA AD&M site. Many thanks to MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed, aka the 2018 MSA AD&M NYer-on-the-ground, for visiting with and arranging with the folks at New York’s venerable The Grolier Club to let us hold our 2018 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting there. More information is forthcoming in subsequent monthly Nuggets and the MSA webpage. In the meantime, feel free to locate The Grolier Club on a map as you book your MLA hotel.

The MSA Executive Committee will likely vote in September on the price for reservations for the MSA AD&M. As mentioned in the “$70 at 70” flier circulated in the February 2017 Nuggets and attached once again, the MSA AD&M is the MSA’s biggest expenses (and potentially one of its highlights); and we’d like to continue offering discounted prices to students, independent scholars, and assistant professors, so we hope you will use the summer lull to send in a check for US$70 or really any amount to help us cover costs. Folks with no access to US$ checks should feel free to contact me.

3) 2018 MLA Convention in NY, Milton connection, among myriad others. NY’s MOMA has as part of its home collection Paul Gaughin’s “Portrait of Jacob Meyer de Haan” (1889), the star of which to MSA members is the end of the Francophone title of Paradise Lost and the name Milton on one of the two books on the table: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/78323?locale=en

Publications of note

1) Blair Hoxby’s What Was Tragedy? received honorable mention for the RSA’s Gordon Book Prize—and is reviewed by Feisal Mohamed in the most recent Milton Quarterly.

2) Milton Quarterly 50.4 (December 2016) features 3 articles:

  1. “Thomas Margetts: A New Milton Manuscipt and a New Defender of the People of England by Joad Raymond
  2. “Milton and the Stations of the Crux” by Thomas Festa
  3. “Arminian Theology, Machiavellian Republicanism, and Cooperative Virtue in Milton’s Paradise Lost by Deni Kasa

6 reviews and a summary of the MSA’s presence at the 2016 MLA Conference by then-MSA President Stephen Fallon.

CFPs

1) Society for Renaissance Studies Biennial Conference; proposals due 1 Sept 2017

To be held 3-5 July 2018, University of Sheffield, featuring speakers Professors Lyndall Roper, Emma Smith, and Feisal Mohamed.

Panels and papers should engage with one of the following themes:

– The natural world

– Frontiers, identity, exchange

– Power, protest and resistance

– Knowledge, truth, and expertise

– Civil and uncivil discourse

– Ornament and display, performance and perception

400 word proposals for 20 minute papers to <srs2018@sheffield.ac.uk>. In your submission, please indicate which theme or themes are most relevant to your panel/paper.

Seminars, Conferences, etc.

Safe travels and happy conferencing to those on both sides of the Canada/US border who will be attending…

1) Newberry Milton Seminar, Chicago, Saturday, May 6, 2017

See <https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar>. Paul Stevens, “Milton and the Secular Metamorphoses of Grace.” Please register by Friday, May 5, 2017.

 2) Canada Milton Seminar XII, 12-13 May 2017; Victoria College, University of Toronto

Featuring Dennis Danielson, Stephen Greenblatt, Linda Gregerson, and Elizabeth Hanson as well as other speakers listed on the webpage https://crrs.ca/events/canada-milton-seminar/ . The webpage provides full information on hotel, travel, registration fees.

CFPs, nominations, and applications

1) MSA awards; nominations due May 1 and June 1

1A) Please see <http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=102>  for categories and submission guidelines for work on Milton published in 2016 (this page will soon be updated), due May 1.

1B) Please see <http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=1910> for the newest award established by the MSA, the First Book Assistance Program, applications for which are due June 1. While on that subject, please make sure your campus library has purchased the first recipient of this funding, Islam Issa’s Milton in the Arab-Muslim World (Routledge, 2017),

<https://www.routledge.com/Milton-in-the-Arab-Muslim-World/Issa/p/book/9781472484802>.

2)  The Renaissance Society of America 64th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 22–24 March 2018; general proposals due June 7, 2017; submissions for MSA sessions due May 19, 2017.

For general information, see http://www.rsa.org/general/custom.asp?page=2018NOLACfP

As an Associate Organization, the MSA may submit up to five guaranteed sessions and seeks panels and papers for its sessions. Proposals covering any aspect of Milton studies will be given full consideration, but especially desirable are those exploring Milton’s writings alongside these topics:

– populism

– states of insecurity/sites of resistance

– human decision and natural disaster

– the Thirty Years’ War

– embodiment

– manuscripts, drafts, and editions

Panels must be organized by a current member of the MSA. Required are the following:

– a session title of no more than 15 words;

– a 1-2 page description of the panel;

– an abstract of 1-2 pages for each of its papers;

– a 150-word version of each paper abstract;

– a list of audio-visual requests, if any, and session keywords; and

– 300-word curricula vitae for the panel organizer and presenters, including full names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses.

Papers may be submitted by both members and nonmembers of the MSA. Required are the following:

-an abstract of 1-2 pages

– a condensed abstract of 150 words;

– a title of no more than fifteen words;

– audio-visual requirements, if any, and a list of keywords; and

– a 300-word curriculum vitae.

Please send all materials to current president Elizabeth Sauer and secretary Feisal Mohamed.  All participants in the New Orleans conference must be members of the Renaissance Society of America.

*Please note: MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed sent this out earlier via MailChimp. If you have been a member since before this February 2017 and did not receive it, please check your junk mail.

3) 4 Newberry Library 2017-18 Graduate Student Programs; May 15, September 30

– 10-Week Graduate Seminar; European Wars of Religion, 1550s-1650s; Wednesdays: September 27 to December 6, 2017. Application deadline: May 15

– Dissertation Seminar; Dissertation Seminar for Scholars of Material and Visual Culture; Fridays: October 6, December 8, 2017; February 9, April 20, 2018. Application deadline: May 15. Please note the following change in prerequisites: The dissertation seminar is open to all graduate students in the early stages of their dissertation, who have written at least a proposal and/or first chapter. Students need not be ABD.

– Research Methods Workshops for Early Career Graduate Students; The Other Italian Renaissance: Between Religion and Humanism, Dante to Vico; October 13, 2017. Application deadline: May 15

New Spain at the Newberry: Demystifying Colonial Documents from the Ayer Collection; February 16, 2018. Application deadline: September 30

The Turn to Religion: Women and Writing in Early Modern England; March 10, 2018. Application deadline: September 30

4) The 2017 Conference on John Milton, October 12-14, 2017, Birmingham AL; papers and proposals due June 19, 2017

Submit full papers (10 pages maximum; not to exceed twenty minutes reading time) along with 150 word abstracts on the conference website:
https://cas.uab.edu/milton/. Featured speakers John Rumrich (U of Texas at Austin) and Elizabeth Sauer (Brock U); a staged reading of Samson Agonistes by the Improbable Fictions; and a final banquet at the renowned Birmingham Institute for Civil Rights. More information at. Questions may be directed to David Ainsworth.

5) Texts and Contexts, October 20–21, 2017, Ohio State University; proposals due August 1, 2017

For more information on this annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables, and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages, see http://www.rsa.org/news/news.asp?id=334637

6)  The 24th Annual ACMRS Conference; proposals accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, MST on December 1, 2017

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 8-10, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.”

Conference Publication: Selected papers focused on “Reading the Natural World:  Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).

– Keynote Speaker: TBD

– Pre-Conference Workshop: ACMRS will host a workshop on manuscript studies led by Professor Timothy Graham, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, February 10, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. Email acmrs@acmrs.org with “Pre-Conference Workshop” in the subject line to be added to the list. The cost of the workshop is $50 ($25 for students) and is in addition to the regular conference registration fee.

– Les Enfans Sans Abri: Since 1989, the ad hoc medieval/Renaissance drama troupe Les enfans sans abri (LESA) has been performing comedies all over the country and even in Europe. To learn more about Les enfans sans abri, visit their website at: www.lesenfanssansabri.com.

– Deadlines: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, MST on December 1, 2017. Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated.

Visit our web page for further details on submissions. Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email acmrs@acmrs.org.

Unexpected Milton sighting

The protagonist of Mischa Berlinkski’s novel Fieldwork (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), a UCB anthropologist grad student in northern Thailand, notes of one of the natives, who use descriptive names, “She didn’t know why Farts-a-Lot wanted to make her life miserable, but she was sure that was his intention. There was one little incident after another. The time Farts-a-Lot rolled a cigarette with a page from her copy of Anna Karenina—and an important page, too, just as Anna was arriving at the train station. Why couldn’t he have used Paradise Lost?” (189).

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica

Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-21)

Professor

English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)

Purdue University

News Nuggets – April 2017

Dear Milton Society of America member,

I am getting out this month’s Nuggets a little early to make sure you get late-breaking news on a few more exciting Renaissance Society of America 63rd Annual Convention events – including a staged reading of Paradise Lost (!) – and to wish RSA goers all success and safety.

 The MSA at the RSA

Chicago, March 30 – April 1, 2017

1) Performance of an act of Paradise Lost adapted to the stage by The equity actors of the Chicago Shakespeare Project

Thursday, March 30; !2:15-1:15 PM, Crystal Room of the Palmer House. Directed by Peter Garino, adaptation by Regina Schwartz.

 2) Five panels sponsored by the MSA

2A) Milton: Religion across Space and Time

Fri, March 31, 1:30 to 3:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon

Organizers Ann Baynes Coiro and Feisal Mohamed; Chair Ann Baynes Coiro; Speakers Thomas Fulton, Christopher Koester, Elizabeth Mazzola

2B) Roundtable: Milton and the Digital Humanities

Friday March 31, 2017; 5:30-7:00 PM; The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Chair: David Ainsworth; Discussants, Olin Bjork, Thomas Luxon, and John Rumrich.

2C) “Milton and Music”

Saturday, April 1, 2017; 8:30-10:00 AM; The Palmer House, Third Floor, Salon 8

Organizers Ann Baynes Coiro and Elizabeth Sauer; speakers Katherine Cox, Seth Herbst, and Alvin Snider

2D) Eros and Appropriation in Adaptations of Paradise Lost

Sat, April 1, 10:30am to 12:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 8

Organizer John Garrison; Chair Blaine Greteman; Speakers, Lara Dodds, John Garrison, Stephen Guy-Bray.

2E) Reading De Doctrina Christiana

Fri, March 31, 3:30 to 5:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Organizer Jason A. Kerr; Chair David Norbrook; Respondent Jeffrey Alan Miller; Speakers Sharon Achinstein and Jason A. Kerr

 … as well as even more panels than announced last month featuring MSA members and/or Milton’s works

3A) Early Modern Poetry and Poetics: From Puttenham to Milton

Thu, March 30, 8:30 to 10:00am, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizer John M. Wall; Chair John N. Wall; Speakers William M. Russell, Jessica Junqueira, Jonathan Sircy.

3B) Early Modern Christian Readings of the Hebrew Bible I: Milton and the Bible

Thu, March 30, 10:30am to 12:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizers Zur Shalev and Noam Flinker; Chair Martin Elsky; Speakers Raphael Magarik, James Grantham Turner, Noam Flinker.

3C) (NOT PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED) Disability and Medicine in Renaissance Italy

Thursday, March 30, 5:30-7 pm

Sara van den Berg presenting  a paper on Irish physician at Bologna Nial O’Glacain, who played a role in the Catholic Confederation appeal to Innocent X for support against the English, the failure of which led to the Articles of Peace, which Milton attacked in his Observations as the treasonous act of Charles I.  Milton is mentioned, but the paper has more to do with Irish politics.

3D) Early Modern Christian Readings of the Hebrew Bible II: Milton on Self, Nation, and Passion

Thu, March 30, 1:30 to 3:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizers Zur Shalev and Noam Flinker; Chair Noam Flinker; Speakers Ayelet C. Langer, Achsah Guibbory, N.K. Sugimura

3E) Loving the Neighbor: Literature, Theology, and Economics

Thu, March 30, 3:30 to 5:00pm, Palmer House Hilton, Seventh Floor, Clark 5

Speakers Regina Schwartz, Craig Muldrew, and Torrance Kirby.

3F) (NOT PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED) Early Modern Christian Readings of the Hebrew Bible III: George Peele and Aphra Behn

Thu, March 30, 3:30 to 5:00pm, Palmer House Hilton, Thirs Floor, Salon 4

Organizer Zur Shalev and Noam Flinker, Speakers Karen Clausen-Brown and Shaina Trapedo, Respondent Jennifer Lewin

3G) Herbert and Milton: Poetry, Theology

Thu, March 30, 5:30 to 7:30pm, Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizer Christopher Koester; Speakers Kim Hedlin, Whitney Blair Taylor, James Carson Nohrnberg, Steven Cowser.

3H) Milton: Learning, Drama, Ideology

Fri, March 31, 8:30 to 10:00am, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Organizers David Currell; Speakers Jeffrey S. Gore, Gretchen York, George Ramos, William Fitzhenry.

Seminars, Conferences, etc.

1) Newberry Milton Seminar, Chicago, Saturday, May 6, 2017

See <https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar>. Paul Stevens, “TBA.” Please register by Friday, May 5, 2017.

 2) Canada Milton Seminar XII, 12-13 May 2017; Victoria College, University of Toronto

Featuring Mary Nyquist, Stephen Greenblatt, Linda Gregerson, and Elizabeth Hanson as well as other speakers listed on the webpage https://crrs.ca/events/canada-milton-seminar/ . The webpage provides full information on hotel, travel, registration fees.

CFPs and nominations

1) MSA awards; nominations due May 1 and June 1

1A) Please see <http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=102>  for categories and submission guidelines for work on Milton published in 2016 (this page will soon be updated), due May 1.

1B) Please see <http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=1910> for the newest award established by the MSA, the First Book Assistance Program, applications for which are due June 1. While on that subject, please make sure your campus library has purchased the first recipient of this funding, Islam Issa’s Milton in the Arab-Muslim World (Routledge, 2017),

<https://www.routledge.com/Milton-in-the-Arab-Muslim-World/Issa/p/book/9781472484802>.

2) The Making of Humanities VI’, University of Oxford, Somerville College, UK, September 28-30, 2017; 250-word proposals due 15 April 2017

See http://www.historyofhumanities.org/2016/12/27/call-for-papers-and-panels-mohvi-oxford-28-30-september-2017/

 3)  The Renaissance Society of America 64th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 22–24 March 2018; proposals due June 7, 2017

For more information, see http://www.rsa.org/general/custom.asp?page=2018NOLACfP

 4) The 2017 Conference on John Milton, October 12-14, 2017, Birmingham AL; papers and proposals due June 19, 2017

Submit full papers (10 pages maximum; not to exceed twenty minutes reading time) along with 150 word abstracts on the conference website:
https://cas.uab.edu/milton/. Featured speakers
John Rumrich (U of Texas at Austin) and Elizabeth Sauer (Brock U); a staged reading of Samson Agonistes by the Improbable Fictions; and a final banquet at the renowned Birmingham Institute for Civil Rights. More information at. Questions may be directed to David Ainsworth.

5) Texts and Contexts, October 20–21, 2017, Ohio State University; proposals due August 1, 2017

For more information on this annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables, and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages, see http://www.rsa.org/news/news.asp?id=334637

Milton Cottage

From John D Bradley and Kelly O’Reilly: The Milton’s Cottage 2017 season will run from 1st April – 28th October with events and exhibitions to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of Paradise Lost. From a Manga edition to our own customized gin, steeped with botanicals referenced in Milton’s verse, we hope there will be something for all tastes! Based in Chalfont St. Giles, England, Milton’s Cottage is the only surviving residence of John Milton.

Many of our fellow MSA members have visited in the past and we’d love to welcome you personally if you’re planning to visit any time soon. If you would like to receive the occasional update of our events or publications, do email us at the address below. Public visiting hours are Wed – Saturday, 2 – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) as well as bank holidays and the 4th Sunday of the month. However, we may be able to open up for MSA members outside of these hours if you contact us in advance. Milton’s Cottage is close to London and Oxford and we’d be very happy to advise about travel arrangements as well as local cafes, pubs, restaurants and accommodation if you contact our Business Director, Kelly O’Reilly, on:

Milton’s Cottage Trust CIO; 21 Deanway, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4JH,  Buckinghamshire, England; T:  + 44 1494 872313; www.miltonscottage.org

Duquesne UP update

DUP editor Susan Wadsworth Booth distributed the official university notice from today, as follows: “The University has thoroughly evaluated a number of proposals and explored various options regarding the future of the Duquesne University Press. However, the persistent deficits could not be alleviated without sacrificing the high quality for which the Press has been known. Moreover, continuing the financial losses of the Press would take away funds necessary for programs that directly benefit Duquesne students and other academic programs. Therefore, keeping the Press open is not a viable option. Additionally, we explored partnering with another publisher but that option was not financially feasible. The University is now actively pursuing other proposals to preserve some of the key titles of the University Press. Certain publications in our inventory can be digitized and made available online. For a certain group of publications where there is still demand, we will work with other publishers to allow these select titles to be published on demand. In this way, we are striving to ensure that key works will still be accessible for scholars and researchers.”

Please continue to send me news and information that you think would be of interest and importance for our membership to know for inclusion in the next MSA Nuggets.

The MSA webpage will be going through some much-needed upgrading, moving, etc., so there may be some minimal downtime, slowdowns with postings, etc.

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica
Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-2021)
Professor
English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)
Purdue University

News Nuggets – March 2017

Dear Milton Society of America member,

Please continue to send me news and information that you think would be of interest and importance for our membership to know for inclusion in the next MSA Nuggets.

The MSA webpage will be going through some much-needed upgrading, moving, etc., so there may be some minimal downtime, slowdowns with postings, etc.

The MSA at the 2018 MLA

1) MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting 2018

Each of our MSA AD&Ms is special and important, but the 2018 MSA AD&M marks the 70 year anniversary of the foundation of our organization so …

 1A) Location, location, location. Please send in suggestions for a wonderful site in New York for our MSA AD&M, to be held Saturday, January 6, 2018. Note: wonderful = a location close to the usual MLA Convention hub, with good food, friendly people, and staff who may be willing to reduce prices for our IRS charitable organization.

** We are having some troubles finding a cost-effective venue and we like to have everything lined up in March, so please ask around if you think you can help us with any leads.

 1B) “$70 @ 70: A Platinum Jubilee.” The flier sent as attachment last month and now cut-and-pasted below my signature outlines some of the reasons for a 2017 fund-raiser to refill our coffers, not the least of which is making the 2018 MSA AD&M as much as a gala to celebrate the MSA’s 70th anniversary as possible and to encourage scholars at all stages of their careers to join in on the collegial gathering. If your university, employer, etc., have/has matching fund programs, the flier should have all the information needed but, if not, please do not hesitate to contact me.

2) MSA 2018 guaranteed panel CFP

The following CFP is also posted on the MLA 2018 CFP webpage:

“John Milton: A General Session”: All papers on the poet and polemicist are welcome, especially those connecting Milton with other authors, fields, and questions of literary value. Two-page CV and 500-word abstract by 15 March 2017; Elizabeth Sauer and Feisal G. Mohamed.

 The MSA at the RSA

Safe travels and best wishes to all attending the Renaissance Society of America’s annual convention to be held in Chicago, March 30 – April 1, 2017, who have in store for them these MSA-sponsored panels…

 1) Five panels sponsored by the MSA

1A) Milton: Religion across Space and Time

Fri, March 31, 1:30 to 3:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon

Organizers Ann Baynes Coiro and Feisal Mohamed; Chair Ann Baynes Coiro; Speakers Thomas Fulton, Christopher Koester, Elizabeth Mazzola

1B) Roundtable: Milton and the Digital Humanities

Friday March 31, 2017; 5:30-7:00 PM; The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Chair: David Ainsworth; Discussants, Olin Bjork, Thomas Luxon, and John Rumrich.

1C) “Milton and Music”

Saturday, April 1, 2017; 8:30-10:00 AM; The Palmer House, Third Floor, Salon 8

Organizers Ann Baynes Coiro and Elizabeth Sauer; speakers Katherine Cox, Seth Herbst, and Alvin Snider

1D) Eros and Appropriation in Adaptations of Paradise Lost

Sat, April 1, 10:30am to 12:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 8

Organizer John Garrison; Chair Blaine Greteman; Speakers, Lara Dodds, John Garrison, Stephen Guy-Bray.

1E) Reading De Doctrina Christiana

Fri, March 31, 3:30 to 5:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Organizer Jason A. Kerr; Chair David Norbrook; Respondent Jeffrey Alan Miller; Speakers Sharon Achinstein and Jason A. Kerr

 … as well as even more panels than announced last month featuring MSA members and/or Milton’s works

2A) Early Modern Poetry and Poetics: From Puttenham to Milton

Thu, March 30, 8:30 to 10:00am, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizer John M. Wall; Chair John N. Wall; Speakers William M. Russell, Jessica Junqueira, Jonathan Sircy.

2B) Early Modern Christian Readings of the Hebrew Bible I: Milton and the Bible

Thu, March 30, 10:30am to 12:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizers Zur Shalev and Noam Flinker; Chair Martin Elsky; Speakers Raphael Magarik, James Grantham Turner, Noam Flinker.

2C) Early Modern Christian Readings of the Hebrew Bible II: Milton on Self, Nation, and Passion

Thu, March 30, 1:30 to 3:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizers Zur Shalev and Noam Flinker; Chair Noam Flinker; Speakers Ayelet C. Langer, Achsah Guibbory, N.K. Sugimura

2D) Loving the Neighbor: Literature, Theology, and Economics

Thu, March 30, 3:30 to 5:00pm, Palmer House Hilton, Seventh Floor, Clark 5

Speakers Regina Schwartz, Craig Muldrew, and Torrance Kirby.

2E) Herbert and Milton: Poetry, Theology

Thu, March 30, 5:30 to 7:30pm, Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizer Christopher Koester; Speakers Kim Hedlin, Whitney Blair Taylor, James Carson Nohrnberg, Steven Cowser.

2F) Milton: Learning, Drama, Ideology

Fri, March 31, 8:30 to 10:00am, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Organizers David Currell; Speakers Jeffrey S. Gore, Gretchen York, George Ramos, William Fitzhenry.

The MSA mobilizing for Duquesne UP

On February 18, MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed forwarded the letter by MSA President Elizabeth Sauer and electronically signed by ~280 members to the Duquesne University powers-that-be to persuade them from closing down Duquesne UP, founded in 1927, one of the most important publishers of scholarly work on John Milton, especially given the longstanding work with both the Press and the MSA by 2000 MSA Honored Scholar Al Labriola (d. 2009).

Even if you signed that collaborative letter, please consider voicing your support and/or practical advice for helping the Press to avoid being shuttered by writing a letter on letterhead. Duquesne U English Dept Head Greg Barnhisel advises that a good contact is Peggy Eiseman, Assistant to Duquesne U President Ken Gormley.

For more information, see this Inside Higher Ed article of February 7, 2017: <https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/02/07/duquesne-university-press-shut-down-later-year>

If you are an MLA member, you can see that MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed made sure to highlight President Elizabeth Sauer’s letter and the 215 signatures garnered in the first 24 hours of its release to MSA members:

https://mla.hcommons.org/groups/renaissance-and-early-modern/forum/topic/closure-of-duquesne-university-press/

Seminars, Conferences, etc.

1) Newberry Milton Seminar, Chicago, Saturday, May 6, 2017

See <https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar>. Paul Stevens, “TBA.” Please register by Friday, May 5, 2017.

 2) Canada Milton Seminar XII, 12-13 May 2017; Victoria College, University of Toronto

Featuring Dennis Danielson, Stephen Greenblatt, Linda Gregerson, and Elizabeth Hanson as well as other speakers listed on the webpage https://crrs.ca/events/canada-milton-seminar/ . The webpage provides full information on hotel, travel, registration fees.

CFPs and nominations

1) 2018 MLA Convention CFP page.

Most CFPs have deadlines by early to mid-March, including that from this group, always very welcoming to Milton studies…

1A) Net Work: Then and Now; LLC 17th-Century English forum; proposal due 10 March 2017

Panel on the labor of making and sustaining associations, then and now. Perspectives on communicative modes, affects, infrastructures, scholarly forms, and/or digital methods. CV and 200-word proposal to Chris Warren.

… as well as this one, which is specifically looking to attract at least one early modern or earlier paper:

1B) Poetry and Insecurity; Forum: GS Poetry and Poetics; proposal due by 10 March 2017

Seeking papers on poetry written in heightened states of insecurity, broadly defined. Topics can address writing process, reception, distribution as affected by censorship/state intervention. CV and abstract (350-500 words) to Angelica Duran and Brian Reed.

  2) MSA awards; nominations due May 1 and June 1

2A) Please see <http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=102>  for categories and submission guidelines for work on Milton published in 2016 (this page will soon be updated), due May 1.

2B) Please see <http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=1910> for the newest award established by the MSA, the First Book Assistance Program, applications for which are due June 1. While on that subject, please make sure your campus library has purchased the first recipient of this funding, Islam Issa’s Milton in the Arab-Muslim World (Routledge, 2017),

<https://www.routledge.com/Milton-in-the-Arab-Muslim-World/Issa/p/book/9781472484802>.

3) International Milton Symposium 12: Renewed Call for Bids, preferred due date 1 March 2017 (or maybe a few days later?)

Because circumstances have made it impossible for those institutions initially expressing interest in hosting IMS12 to do so, I am reissuing the call for bids, as originally instructed by the Standing Committee of the International Milton Symposium. It is intended that the symposium will be scheduled for 2018 or 2019, preferably in the northern-hemisphere summer. The bid should include a clear indication of proposed dates and of location and accessibility in terms of international travel. A statement of support from the host institution is also desirable, as well as an indication of likely costs to participants, with some account of the available accommodation. Finally, the bid should include an outline of possible supplements to the academic programme (concerts, banquets, excursions, and the like). The successful bid will be announced no later than 1 June 2017. Please note that the International Milton Symposium can offer no financial support. Secretary to the Standing Committee, Prof. Karen Edwards is happy to respond informally to any preliminary indications of interest and to answer any queries about the process of preparing bids.

4) North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 3-5, 2017; panel proposals due March 3, 2017.

For detailed information, see <http://www.nacbs.org/conference>.

5)  Crip Genealogies, co-edited by Mel Chen, Alison Kafer, Eunjung Kim, and Julie Avril Minich; chapter abstracts due March 15, 2017

Questions and 500-word abstracts to CripGenealogies@gmail.com. Full Papers due September 15, 2017.. Possible topics for discussion include: tracing relationships between the disability rights movement and other civil rights movements (including health and ability activism within racial justice movements; labor movements; movements for reproductive freedom; resistance to police brutality and other forms of state-sanctioned violence; and anticolonial movements); exploring crip theories emerging from women of color feminism, queer of color critique, transnational/postcolonial feminism, or anti-militarization movements; transnational and decolonial movements for sovereignty, disability justice, and anti-ableist resistance;  tracing critical ideas about bodies and minds in early feminist, queer, or critical race and ethnic studies; linking disability studies and HIV/AIDS activism and theory or disability studies and public health initiatives; grappling with the methodological/epistemological/political/ethical questions in doing this kind of bridge work, which always carries a risk of appropriation, co-optation, and/or erasure; reflections on key figures.

6) The Making of Humanities VI’, University of Oxford, Somerville College, UK, September 28-30, 2017; 250-word proposals due 15 April 2017

7) The 2017 Conference on John Milton, October 12-14, 2017, Birmingham AL; papers and proposals due June 19, 2017

Submit full papers (10 pages maximum; not to exceed twenty minutes reading time) along with 150 word abstracts on the conference website:
https://cas.uab.edu/milton/. Featured speakers
John Rumrich (U of Texas at Austin) and Elizabeth Sauer (Brock U); a staged reading of Samson Agonistes by the Improbable Fictions; and a final banquet at the renowned Birmingham Institute for Civil Rights. More information at. Questions may be directed to David Ainsworth.

Member publications

Regina Schwartz‘s new book, Loving Justice, Living Shakespeare has just been published by Oxford University Press. See <https://global.oup.com/academic/product/loving-justice-living-shakespeare-9780198795216?cc=mx&lang=en&#>.

Unexpected Milton Sightings (er… hearings?)

Quoted from the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program of February 11, 2017, Scott Greer, author of No Campus for White Men (2017), articulating a misplaced (versus aptly placed) liberalism, “When you have an English course, the fact that Shakespeare and John Milton are the primary writers that are studied in that course, that’s a problem because they’re white males” <http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/11/scott-greer-talks-no-campus-for-white-men-on-tucker-carlson-tonight-video/#ixzz4Ztv3Er8L>.

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica

Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-21)

Professor

English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)

Purdue University

News Nuggets – February 2017

Dear Milton Society of America member,

Please continue to send me news and information that you think would be of interest and importance for our membership to know for inclusion in the next MSA Nuggets.

The MSA webpage will be going through some much-needed upgrading, moving, etc., so may be down we hope very minimally.

 The MSA at the MLA2017 and MLA2018

1) MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting 2017

“Heart easing mirth” was had by all 65 revelers who attended the MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting on Saturday, January 7, 2017, after the two MSA-sponsored panels earlier that day. The MSA AD&M program will soon be posted on the MSA webpage, by our new MSA Communications Officer Andy Fleck, who we welcomed that evening, along with our new members and officers of the 2017 MSA Executive Committee…

–          Elizabeth Sauer, President

–          Sharon Achinstein, Vice-President

–          Reginald Wilburn, member

–          Brooke Conti, member

… and gave hurrahs, oles, bravos, and the like at the announcement that the 2018 MSA Honored Scholar is

Gordon Teskey.

2) MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting 2018

Each of our MSA AD&Ms is special and important, but the 2018 MSA AD&M marks the 70 year anniversary of the foundation of our organization so …

2A) Location, location, location. Please send in suggestions for a wonderful site in New York for our MSA AD&M, to be held Saturday, January 6, 2018. Note: wonderful = a location close to the usual MLA Convention hub, with good food, friendly people, and staff who may be willing to reduce prices for our IRS charitable organization.

2B) “$70 @ 70: A Platinum Jubilee.” The attached flier outlines some of the reasons for a 2017 fund-raiser to refill our coffers, not the least of which is making the 2018 MSA AD&M as much as a gala to celebrate the MSA’s 70th anniversary as possible and to encourage scholars at all stages of their careers to join in on the collegial gathering. If your university, employer, etc., have/has matching fund programs, the flier should have all the information needed but, if not, please do not hesitate to contact me.

3) MSA 2018 panel CFPs and co-sponsored panel proposal

3A) The MSAsponsored guaranteed panel CFP. The follwoing CFP is also posted on the MLA 2018 CFP webpage:

“John Milton: A General Session”: All papers on the poet and polemicist are welcome, especially those connecting Milton with other authors, fields, and questions of literary value. Two-page CV and 500-word abstract by 15 March 2017; Elizabeth Sauer and Feisal G. Mohamed .

3B) MSA co-sponsored (non-guaranteed) panel. The MSA Executive Committee approved the following panel proposal to be submitted to the MSA by its April 1, 2017 deadline:

Surprised by Sin at 50”; co-sponsors MSA and the Reception Study Society; Chair Angelica Duran and Daniel Morris; Speakers Linda Gregerson, 2014 MSA Honored Scholar John Leonard, and Marjorie Perloff; Respondent 1991 MSA Honored Scholar Stanley Fish.

The MSA at the RSA

1) Five panels sponsored by the MSA

Safe travels and best wishes to all attending the Renaissance Society of America’s annual convention to be held in Chicago, March 30 – April 1, 2017, who have in store for them these MSA-sponsored panels…

1A) Milton: Religion across Space and Time

Fri, March 31, 1:30 to 3:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon

Organizers Ann Baynes Coiro and Feisal Mohamed; Chair Ann Baynes Coiro; Speakers Thomas Fulton, Christopher Koester, Elizabeth Mazzola

1B) Roundtable: Milton and the Digital Humanities

Friday March 31, 2017; 5:30-7:00 PM; The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Chair: David Ainsworth; Discussants, Olin Bjork, Thomas Luxon, and John Rumrich.

1C) “Milton and Music”

Saturday, April 1, 2017; 8:30-10:00 AM; The Palmer House, Third Floor, Salon 8

Organizers Ann Baynes Coiro and Elizabeth Sauer; speakers Katherine Cox, Seth Herbst, and Alvin Snider

1D) Eros and Appropriation in Adaptations of Paradise Lost

Sat, April 1, 10:30am to 12:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 8

Organizer John Garrison; Chair Blaine Greteman; Speakers, Lara Dodds, John Garrison, Stephen Guy-Bray.

1E) Reading De Doctrina Christiana

Fri, March 31, 3:30 to 5:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Organizer Jason A. Kerr; Chair David Norbrook; Respondent Jeffrey Alan Miller; Speakers Sharon Achinstein and Jason A. Kerr

 … as well as 2) More panels featuring MSA members and/or Milton’s works

2A) Early Modern Poetry and Poetics: From Puttenham to Milton

Thu, March 30, 8:30 to 10:00am, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizer John M. Wall; Chair John N. Wall; Speakers William M. Russell, Jessica Junqueira, Jonathan Sircy.

2B) Early Modern Christian Readings of the Hebrew Bible I: Milton and the Bible

Thu, March 30, 10:30am to 12:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizers Zur Shalev and Noam Flinker; Chair Martin Elsky; Speakers Raphael Magarik, James Grantham Turner, Noam Flinker.

2C) Early Modern Christian Readings of the Hebrew Bible II: Milton on Self, Nation, and Passion

Thu, March 30, 1:30 to 3:00pm, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 4

Organizers Zur Shalev and Noam Flinker; Chair Noam Flinker; Speakers Ayelet C. Langer, Achsah Guibbory, N.K. Sugimura

2D) Milton: Learning, Drama, Ideology

Fri, March 31, 8:30 to 10:00am, The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Organizers David Currell; Speakers Jeffrey S. Gore, Gretchen York, George Ramos, William Fitzhenry.

The MSA mobilizing for Duquesne UP

The MSA was informed just today that Duquesne University’s Timothy R. Austin, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has advised its faculty that “the University has decided to move, in a deliberate fashion, to close the Duquesne University Press later this year.” Duquesne UP, founded in 1927, has long been one of the most important publishers of scholarly work on John Milton, especially given the longstanding work with both the Press and the MSA by 2000 MSA Honored Scholar Al Labriola (d. 2009). Individual Miltonists who have used Duquesne UP books or published with the press are encouraged to contact the Press to offer your support and/or suggestions for addressing alternatives and structures to make the Press more financially self-sufficient by contacting the university to protest this decision. Greg Barnhisel of Duquesne U advises that a good contact is Peggy Eiseman, Assistant to Duquesne U President Ken Gormley . Further information about the MSA mobilizing will come from the MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamad and/or President Elizabeth Sauer.  My best to you.

Seminars, Conferences, etc.

1) Newberry Milton Seminar, Chicago,  Saturday, May 6, 2017

See <https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar>. Paul Stevens, “TBA.” Please register by Friday, May 5, 2017.

 2) Canada Milton Seminar XII, 12-13 May 2017; Victoria College, University of Toronto

Featuring Dennis Danielson, Stephen Greenblatt, Linda Gregerson, and Elizabeth Hanson as well as other speakers listed on the webpage https://crrs.ca/events/canada-milton-seminar/ . The webpage provides full information on hotel, travel, registration fees.

CFPs

1) 2018 MLA Convention CFP page.

Most CFPs have deadlines by mid-March, including that from this group, always very welcoming to Milton studies…

Net Work: Then and Now; LLC 17th-Century English forum;

Panel on the labor of making and sustaining associations, then and now. Perspectives on communicative modes, affects, infrastructures, scholarly forms, and/or digital methods. CV and 200-word proposal by 10 March 2017; Chris Warren.

… as well as this one, which is specifically looking to attract at least one early modern or earlier paper:

Poetry and Insecurity; Forum: GS Poetry and Poetics;

Seeking papers on poetry written in heightened states of insecurity, broadly defined. Topics can address writing process, reception, distribution as affected by censorship/state intervention. CV and abstract (350-500 words) by 10 March 2017; Angelica Duran and Brian Reed.

2) Beyond Between Men: Homosociality Across Time; University of Oxford, Monday 19 June 2017; proposals due Monday 27 February.

For more information, see https://beyondbetweenmen.wordpress.com .

3) Newberry Library, Chicago, September 14-16 2017 Conference proposal; proposals due February 28, 2017

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and the Early Modern Conversions Project at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas are proud to announce a major conference, “The Politics of Conversion: Martin Luther to Muhammad Ali,” September 14-16, 2017. Religious conversion is a highly personal phenomenon–Augustine under the fig tree has the company of the voices of children and a found biblical verse, Luther spends days in solitary conversation with Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Cassius Clay is in dialogue with one or two sympathetic interlocutors. Yet conversion, as personal as it often is, can also ramify outward into the world with great force, galvanizing new communities, breaking old ones, and changing the political world utterly. The conference will coincide with the opening of a major gallery exhibition at the Newberry titled “Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700.” To view or download the CFP, click here.

 4) NEH summer Seminar at the Huntington Library; application deadline March 1, 2017

Prof. John King (Ohio State) and Mark Rankin (James Madison University) will co-direct “The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650.” Full details and application information are available at http://sites.jmu.edu/NEHformation-reformation-books2017/ . For further information, please contact Mark Rankin.

 5) International Milton Symposium 12: Renewed Call for Bids, preferred due date 1 March 2017

Because circumstances have made it impossible for those institutions initially expressing interest in hosting IMS12 to do so, I am reissuing the call for bids, as originally instructed by the Standing Committee of the International Milton Symposium. It is intended that the symposium will be scheduled for 2018 or 2019, preferably in the northern-hemisphere summer. The bid should include a clear indication of proposed dates and of location and accessibility in terms of international travel. A statement of support from the host institution is also desirable, as well as an indication of likely costs to participants, with some account of the available accommodation. Finally, the bid should include an outline of possible supplements to the academic programme (concerts, banquets, excursions, and the like). The successful bid will be announced no later than 1 June 2017. Please note that the International Milton Symposium can offer no financial support. Secretary to the Standing Committee, Prof. Karen Edwards is happy to respond informally to any preliminary indications of interest and to answer any queries about the process of preparing bids.

6) The Making of Humanities VI’, University of Oxford, Somerville College, UK, September 28-30, 2017; 250-word proposals due 15 April 2017

7) North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 3-5, 2017; panel proposals due March 3, 2017.

For detailed information, see <http://www.nacbs.org/conference>.

8) Crip Genealogies, co-edited by Mel Chen, Alison Kafer, Eunjung Kim, and Julie Avril Minich; chapter abstracts due March 15, 2017

Questions and 500-word abstracts to CripGenealogies@gmail.com. Full Papers due September 15, 2017.. Possible topics for discussion include: tracing relationships between the disability rights movement and other civil rights movements (including health and ability activism within racial justice movements; labor movements; movements for reproductive freedom; resistance to police brutality and other forms of state-sanctioned violence; and anticolonial movements); exploring crip theories emerging from women of color feminism, queer of color critique, transnational/postcolonial feminism, or anti-militarization movements; transnational and decolonial movements for sovereignty, disability justice, and anti-ableist resistance;  tracing critical ideas about bodies and minds in early feminist, queer, or critical race and ethnic studies; linking disability studies and HIV/AIDS activism and theory or disability studies and public health initiatives; grappling with the methodological/epistemological/political/ethical questions in doing this kind of bridge work, which always carries a risk of appropriation, co-optation, and/or erasure; reflections on key figures.

9) The Conference on John Milton, October 12-14, 2017; papers and proposals due June 1, 2017

To be held at Doubletree Hotel, Birmingham AL. Featuring: Plenary speakers Elizabeth Sauer and John Rumrich, a staged reading of Samson Agonistes by the Improbable Fictions, and a final banquet at the renowned Birmingham Institute for Civil Rights. More information at

https://cas.uab.edu/milton

Unexpected Milton Sightings

1) A bit more info on last month’s entry: Peter Rudnytsky advises that episodes of the HBO series “The Fall” have titles taken from Paradise Lost.

2) In his chapter on the tulip in The Botany of Desire (2001), Michael Pollan lists what he considers the most culturally significant flowers, the rose, “the peony in the East,” and the tulip, of course given the topic of the chapter, which he avers “have long been our canonical flowers, the Shakespeares, Miltons, and Tolstoys of the plant world, voluminous and protean, the select company of flowers that have survived the vicissitudes of fashion to make themselves sovereign and unignorable” (77-78).

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica
Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-21)
Professor
English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)
Purdue University

News Nuggets – January 2017

Dear Milton Society of America member,

The MSA and Milton at the MLA 2017

1A) MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting

Thanks to those who have already RSVPed to the 2017 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting on Saturday, January 7, 2017. I have contacted all RSVPers who have contacted me via email or whose snail-mailings I received by December 20. If I have NOT contacted you and you sent something snail-mail, please note that I anticipate getting your correspondence on Tuesday, January 3, when my campus mail opens up after its Winter Break hiatus; that is the same day that I plan to send in the number of revelers and menu orders to The Rittenhouse. If you’d like to make sure I get your RSVP or if you still want to make a reservation, please email me by high noon, Wednesday, January 3. For more information, see…

Do check with me at any time through high noon, Friday, January 6, in case you or others want to join us at the last minute, to see if you can scoop up the spot of any last-minute cancellations.

SPECIAL NOTE: The poet who penned this year’s annual Milton poem, Tyehimba Jess, will read his 2017 MSA poem at the dinner. His most recent book of poetry, Olio <http://www.wavepoetry.com/products/olio>, will be available for purchase and autographing at the MSA AD&M. Bring cash or check for US$25 for your copy—the MSA does NOT have the capacity to accept credit or debit cards.

1B) MLA panels sponsored by the MSA

  • 459. “Race, Religion and Form in Spenser and Milton” (a collaboration with the International Spenser Society), to be held at 8:30 am on Saturday, January 7, in room 203B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MSA Executive Committee member Melissa E. Sanchez (Penn) will preside, with papers by MSA member Eric Song (Swarthmore), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale), and Kimberly Ann Coles (Maryland, College Park).
  • 609. “John Milton: A General Session,” to be held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, January 7, in room 202B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MSA 2016 President Ann Baynes Coiro (Rutgers) will preside, with papers by Brooke Conti (Cleveland State), Alice Tsay (Michigan), and Julia M. Walker (SUNY Geneseo).

1C) Other Milton panels

… and the following panels that include a paper on Milton (great thanks to MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed for the list): 51, “Rethinking the English Baroque”; 107, “Literary Influence: Queer Reframings”; 372, “Boethius in the Renaissance”; 468, “Il poeta civile: Ieri, oggi e domani”; 707, “The Apocalypse in Literature”; and 791, “Ruins and Remains in Early Modern England.”

Safe travels and all success as speakers and listeners!

MSA password

In one of his last duties as MSA Communications Officer David Ainsworth (2013-January 3, 2017) – huge round of applause! – has changed the password for the password-protected portions of the MSA webpage <http://miltonsociety.org> to

[redacted]

Passages

1) Onto the electronic scrolls of MSA award winners.

To my chagrin, in the December Nuggets, I listed only 5 of the 6 works published in 2015 that received MSA awards. Also to be duly feted at the 2017 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting…

with the James Holly Hanford Award for a distinguished monograph on Milton is Gordon Teskey’s The Poetry of John Milton (Harvard UP), which has also been awarded the 2016 Christian Gauss Award, Phi Beta Kappa Society, and distinguished as A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2015.

2) From this world…*

“Angus Fletcher (1930-2016) left us [on November 28]. A critic who ranged more widely than any other of his generation, but whose thoughts were never far from Milton, Fletcher was author of The Transcendental Masque: An Essay on Milton’s ‘Comus’ (Cornell UP, 1972) and of many other books, notably Allegory: the Theory of a Symbolic Mode (Cornell UP: 1964), Colors of the Mind: Conjectures on Thinking in Literature (Harvard UP 1991), A New Theory for American Literature: Democracy, the Environment, and the Future of Imagination (Harvard UP, 2004), and most recently, The Topological Imagination: Spheres, Edges, and Islands (Harvard UP, 2016). In the last months of his life Angus was working on a book on Walt Whitman and the theoretical physicist, David Bohm,” as Gordon Teskey advises. See also

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=183131649

* Please note that I forward the names of the folks that appear in this section to the PMLA for them to publish in their “In Memoriam” section, so please do pass on news to me.

Member publications

1) Mandy Green and Sharihan Al-Akhras have co-authored the article ‘Satanic Whispers: Milton’s Iblis and the “Great Sultan” in the journal Seventeenth Century: for the abstract, see <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0268117X.2016.1252279>.

2) You’ll find good use of the Digital Humanities, with usable electronic images enhancing the text in Beverley Sherry’s contribution to Shakespeare’s quatercentenary:

2A) ”Shakespeare in Stained Glass”  https://glaasincresearch.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/shakespeare-in-stained-glass/; and

2B) “Shakespearean Characters in Stained Glass” < https://glaasincresearch.wordpress.com/>.

See also her

2C) “Thomas Muir’s Short Life and Long Legacy in Australia”, in Thomas Muir of Huntershill: Essays for the Twenty First Century, eds. Gerard Carruthers and Don Martin (Edinburgh: Humming Earth, 2016), pp. 202-29. Muir’s connection with Milton is mentioned.

3) Andrew Grattan’s webpage, which contains his poems, has moved to andrewgrattan.org .

4) Demonstrating the web of interests and work of our members, Lana Cable sent in a 9-minute video clip from a symposium she organized on Poetics of Displacement for the University at Albany Global Institute for Health and Human Rights (GIHHR).  The excerpt launches her lecture on poetry and existential crisis in the context of the current refugee problem, and it touches on presentations by the four poets and scholars (including refugees) that preceded the audience Q&A: <https://youtu.be/y6DsbXS_F1k >.

5) See a description of Stanley Fish’s Winning Arguments: What Works and Doesn’t Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom (HarperCollins, July 2016) on this webpage: <https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062226655/winning-arguments>.

 Seminars, Conferences, etc.

1) RSA 2017 Chicago, 30 March–1 April 2017

Registration is now open. See  <http://www.rsa.org/general/custom.asp?page=2017Chicago>.

1A) MSA-sponsored panel

“Milton and Music”; Saturday, April 1, 2017; 8:30-10:00 AM; The Palmer House, Third Floor, Salon 8

Organizers Ann Baynes Coiro and Elizabeth Sauer; speakers Katherine Cox, Seth Herbst, and Alvin Snider

1B) Other Milton panel

“Roundtable: Milton and the Digital Humanities”; Friday March 31, 2017; 5:30-7:00 PM; The Palmer House Hilton, Third Floor, Salon 9

Chair: David Ainsworth; Discussants, Olin Bjork, Thomas Luxon, and John Rumrich.

 2) Newberry Milton Seminar, Chicago,  Saturday, May 6, 2017

See <https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar>. Paul Stevens, “TBA.” Please register by Friday, May 5, 2017.

3) Canada Milton Seminar XII, 12-13 May 2017; Victoria College, University of Toronto

Featuring Dennis Danielson, Stephen Greenblatt, Linda Gregerson, and Elizabeth Hanson as well as other speakers listed on the webpage https://crrs.ca/events/canada-milton-seminar/ . The webpage provides full information on hotel, travel, registration fees.

 CFProposals, applications, etc.

1) Milton Society of America publications awards: nominations due May 1, 2017

For nominating and submitting publications from 2016 for the next set of MSA awards, please see http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=102 [NOTE: this webpage address is the correct one; special thanks to John Leonard for advising me of having sent out wrong link last month).

 2) Milton Society of America Communications Officer; past due

Please consider nominating or self-nominating for this important position, with a tenure of January 2017-January 2021. For more details on the duties, please contact outgoing MSA CO David Ainsworth or Feisal Mohamed.

3) Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health; essay proposals due 15 January 2017

A peer-reviewed edited volume, Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health, will be submitted to the Literary Disability Studies book series at Palgrave Macmillan (http://www.palgrave.com/us/series/14821). Papers that engage with the place of psychiatric disability within the larger field of disability studies are especially welcome. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited, to the following: Intersections of addiction/psychiatric disability and race, class, gender, and queer identity in literature; Autobiography, authority, and mental illness; Disability and madness post-Foucault; Neurodiversity and psychiatric disability; Feminist and queer disability studies of psychiatric disability and addiction in literature; Cross-cultural perspectives on mental illness and disability; Madness studies in literature; /S/X (consumer/survivor/ex) patient narratives and disability studies. Abstracts of 250-500 words, plus a short biography, to Elizabeth J. Donaldson, by due date. Queries about the CFP before this deadline are very welcome. Accepted authors will be notified by 1 February 2017, and first drafts of chapters (approximately 6000 words) will be due on 15 June 2017 for peer review.

 4) 38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum; abstract due January 15, 2017

This conference, “Culture and Violence,” to be held Friday and Saturday April 21-22, 2017, at at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire will feature as keynote speaker Professor Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester on “From Geoffroi de Charny to Louis de la Tremoille:  The Autumn of Chivalry.” Abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss the nature and cultural and religious context of violence in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music. Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal.

5) Call For Interest: article, due date February 1, 2017

James Freemantle has been invited to curate an Exhibition in 2017 to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Paradise Lost and is looking for scholars who may wish to write an article for the accompanying Exhibition book, on the subject of the publishing history of Paradise Lost, as it related to Fine Press editions of the same. If interested, please contact him.

6) 2018 Society for Classical Studies meeting, Boston, January 4-7, 2018; proposals due February 15, 2017.

“Afterlives of Ancient Medicine: Reception Studies or History of Medicine?” panel, sponsored by the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy (SAM). For more details and/or to send the abstract of 500 words for proposed paper (20 min.), e-mail to Brooke Holmes.

 7) Conference proposal; proposals due February 28, 2017

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and the Early Modern Conversions Project at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas are proud to announce a major conference, “The Politics of Conversion: Martin Luther to Muhammad Ali,” September 14-16, 2017. Religious conversion is a highly personal phenomenon–Augustine under the fig tree has the company of the voices of children and a found biblical verse, Luther spends days in solitary conversation with Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Cassius Clay is in dialogue with one or two sympathetic interlocutors. Yet conversion, as personal as it often is, can also ramify outward into the world with great force, galvanizing new communities, breaking old ones, and changing the political world utterly.The conference will coincide with the opening of a major gallery exhibition at the Newberry titled “Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700.” To view or download the CFP, click here.

 8) NEH summer Seminar at the Huntington Library; application deadline March 1, 2017

Prof. John King (Ohio State) and Mark Rankin (James Madison University) will co-direct “The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650.” Full details and application information are available at http://sites.jmu.edu/NEHformation-reformation-books2017/ .

 9) International Milton Symposium 12: Renewed Call for Bids, preferred due date 1 March 2017

Because circumstances have made it impossible for those institutions initially expressing interest in hosting IMS12 to do so, I am reissuing the call for bids, as originally instructed by the Standing Committee of the International Milton Symposium. It is intended that the symposium will be scheduled for 2018 or 2019, preferably in the northern-hemisphere summer. The bid should include a clear indication of proposed dates and of location and accessibility in terms of international travel. A statement of support from the host institution is also desirable, as well as an indication of likely costs to participants, with some account of the available accommodation. Finally, the bid should include an outline of possible supplements to the academic programme (concerts, banquets, excursions, and the like). The successful bid will be announced no later than 1 June 2017. Please note that the International Milton Symposium can offer no financial support. Secretary to the Standing Committee, Prof. Karen Edwards is happy to respond informally to any preliminary indications of interest and to answer any queries about the process of preparing bids.

10) North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 3-5, 2017; panel proposals due March 3, 2017.

For detailed information, see <http://www.nacbs.org/conference>.

11) Crip Genealogies, co-edited by Mel Chen, Alison Kafer, Eunjung Kim, and Julie Avril Minich; chapter abstracts due March 15, 2017

Questions and 500-word abstracts to CripGenealogies@gmail.com. Full Papers due September 15, 2017.. Possible topics for discussion include: tracing relationships between the disability rights movement and other civil rights movements (including health and ability activism within racial justice movements; labor movements; movements for reproductive freedom; resistance to police brutality and other forms of state-sanctioned violence; and anticolonial movements); exploring crip theories emerging from women of color feminism, queer of color critique, transnational/postcolonial feminism, or anti-militarization movements; transnational and decolonial movements for sovereignty, disability justice, and anti-ableist resistance;  tracing critical ideas about bodies and minds in early feminist, queer, or critical race and ethnic studies; linking disability studies and HIV/AIDS activism and theory or disability studies and public health initiatives; grappling with the methodological/epistemological/political/ethical questions in doing this kind of bridge work, which always carries a risk of appropriation, co-optation, and/or erasure; reflections on key figures.

12) The Conference on John Milton, October 12-14, 2017; papers and proposals due Spring/Summer 2017

To be held at Doubletree Hotel, Birmingham AL. Featuring: Plenary speakers Elizabeth Sauer and John Rumrich.
A staged reading of Samson Agonistes by the Improbable Fictions. Final banquet at the renowned Birmingham Institute for Civil Rights. More information soon forthcoming at www.cas.uab.edu/milton
.

 13) More…

See the webpage Renaissance Society of America News webpage http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c802e2ce394caa1c082efc649&id=c9dbd53ed0&e=54999cc8b8 — the MSA is an affiliate organization of the RSA.

Unexpected Milton Sighting

Peter Rudnytsky advises that episodes of the HBO series have titles taken from Paradise Lost.

 Finally…

Please continue to send me news and information that you think would be of interest and importance for our membership to know for inclusion in the next MSA Nuggets.

May 2017 bring you all health and happiness. Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica
Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-21)
Professor
English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)
Purdue University

News Nuggets – December 2016

Dear Milton Society of America member,

“This is the Month”…

… when all good Miltonists will lift a toast to commemorate Milton’s birthday on December 9th and perhaps recite “On the Morning of Christs Nativity” appropriately enough on December 25th.

… and when MSA annual membership dues are, well, due (see http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=45) and tax deductible donations to our non-profit organization especially welcome.

Passages

1)  We welcome the following new MSA members:

Amir Hossain; Bangladesh

James Freemantle; UK

 2) Onto the electronic scrolls of MSA award winners. These folks have received MSA awards for works published in 2015, and will be duly feted at the 2017 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting (see below):

  • The James Holly Hanford Award for a distinguished essay on Milton to Kristen Poole’s “‘With Such Joy Surcharg’d’: The Predicament of Satiety in Patristic Theology and Paradise Lost,appearing in Milton Quarterly 49.1; and to MSA member’s Erin Webster’s “Milton’s Pandaemonium and the Infinitesimal Calculus,” appearing in English Literary Renaissance 45.3.
  • The Irene Samuel Memorial Award for a distinguished multiauthor collection on Milton, on the era in which he lived, or on the context and methodologies that illuminate our understanding of his life and works, to volume 56 of Milton Studies (Duquesne UP), edited by the 2016 MSA Honored Scholar Laura L. Knoppers.
  • The John T. Shawcross Award for a distinguished edition, bibliography, reference work, or chapter on Milton in a monograph that covers other authors or engages topics that bear on seventeenth-century England to chapter five of Ayesha Ramachandran’s Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe (U of Chicago P), “‘This Pendant World’: Creating Miltonic Modernity.”
  • The Albert C. Labriola Award for a distinguished article on Milton by a graduate student published or forthcoming in a journal or multiauthor collection to Andrew S. Brown’s “‘The Minstrelsy of Heaven’: Representation, Authority, and the Politics of Lyric in Paradise Lost,” forthcoming in Milton Studies.

 3) Andrew Naughton earned his PhD in May 2016. His dissertation, “Writing Allegiance from Marvell to Pope,” was completed under the direction of Melinda Rabb at Brown University and was no doubt inspired in part by his undergrad tutelage at Georgetown with MSA 2016 Honored Scholar Jason Rosenblatt.

4) Erin Webster wrapped up a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at Birkbeck College this past August and took up a position as Assistant Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, specializing in 17th Century literature, including Milton.

5) Lara Dodd’s promotion to Professor of English at Mississippi State University became effective in August 2016. She is also the Coordinator of the MA Program in English at MSU, which you can read more about here: http://www.english.msstate.edu .

6) From this world…

Margaret Patterson Hannay died on August 11, 2016. The range of her scholarship is reflected in the titles of such publications as “C.S. Lewis: A Map of His World” and Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth, which received the Book of the Year award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Writers (see < https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Sidney-Wroth-Margaret-Hannay/dp/0754660532>). I hope you consider reading one of her works.

 Seminars, Conferences, etc.

1) The MSA at the MLA 2017

1A) Please consider attending the two panels sponsored by the MSA:

  • 459. “Race, Religion and Form in Spenser and Milton” (a collaboration with the International Spenser Society), to be held at 8:30 am on Saturday, January 7, in room 203B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MSA Executive Committee member Melissa E. Sanchez (Penn) will preside, with papers by MSA member Eric Song (Swarthmore), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale), and Kimberly Ann Coles (Maryland, College Park).
  • 609. “John Milton: A General Session,” to be held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, January 7, in room 202B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MSA 2016 President Ann Baynes Coiro (Rutgers) will preside, with papers by Brooke Conti (Cleveland State), Alice Tsay (Michigan), and Julia M. Walker (SUNY Geneseo).

1B)  … and the following panels that include a paper on Milton (great thanks to MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed for the list): 51, “Rethinking the English Baroque”; 107, “Literary Influence: Queer Reframings”; 372, “Boethius in the Renaissance”; 468, “Il poeta civile: Ieri, oggi e domani”; 707, “The Apocalypse in Literature”; and 791, “Ruins and Remains in Early Modern England.”

1C) Thanks to those who have already RSVPed to the 2017 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting on Saturday, January 7, 2017. To make your reservation for this not-to-be-missed annual event, please see the

I encourage you to alert presses about taking out an ad in the MSA AD&M’s program, a great platform for reaching the MSA’s 400+ members and for financially supporting our worthy organization—ads due to MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed by no December 15. Please consider hosting grad students or colleagues to the gathering, preferably by December 20 (but do check with me at any time through January 7).

2) Newberry Milton Seminar, Saturday, May 6, 2017

See <https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar>. Paul Stevens, “TBA.” Please register by Friday, May 5, 2017.

 Member publications

1) Christopher Warren’s 1A) Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680 (OUP) has been awarded the Roland Bainton Prize in Literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, <http://www.sixteenthcentury.org/prizes/bainton/>,

For more on the book, see

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/literature-and-the-law-of-nations-1580-1680-9780198719342?cc=mx&lang=en&.

1B) He has also recently published an article in Law, Culture, and the Humanities entitled “To Ruin the Repairs: Milton, Allegory, Transitional Justice,” the abstract for which you can see here: http://lch.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/08/31/1743872116665341 .

1C) Hear more from him on the subject(s) at the 2017 MLA panel sponsored by the American Comparative Literature Association:

  1. Comparative Literature and the Law(s); Sat., 7 January, 12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., 102A, Pennsylvania Convention Center.

2) John R. Roberts, Professor Emeritus at University of Missouri-Columbia, has completed the following work to be published by the Donne Variorum in January to be found at Digital Donne: The Online Variorum.

2B) John Donne: An Annotated Bibliography of Modern Criticism, 2009-2012.

This update will then be combined with the previously published bibliographies–from 1912 onward.

3) Angelica Duran’s article “Milton in Puebla, Mexico” is now available in “The Spanish Issue” of The Battersea Review, available for your reading at <http://batterseareview.com> and co-edited by Mario Murgia and Flaminia Ocampo, an interview with whom on the issue is available for your reading at <http://nerobooks.org/2016-nov-healy-murgia-ocampo/>.

4) For the busy Mario Murgia’s recent publications, see

4A) “Tristram, The Movie, or Here’s Your Cock and Bull, Winterbottom,” in Laurence Sterne: 300 años, UNAM (November 2016);

4B) “¿Qué bestia fue entonces…? Macbeth IV, ii,” in Revista de la Biblioteca de México, no. 152 (September 2016);

4C) “Milton in Spanish-Speaking America,” in A New Companion to Milton, Wiley-Blackwell (2016);

4D) Versos escritos en agua: la influencia de Paradise Lost en Byron, Keats y Shelley, UNAM (2016);

4E) Antología de escritores escoceses contemporáneos, trans. Mario Murgia, UNAM (August 2015);

4D) “Del no olvido al sí me acuerdo,” in Cuadrivio (http://cuadrivio.net/tag/mario-murgia/), (April 2015)

5) Also spreading Milton studies far and wide is Islam Issa:

5A) “Milton’s Global Impact: the Arabic-Speaking World”, in A New Companion to Milton, ed. Thomas Corns (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2016);

5B) “Transforming Milton’s Paradise Lost into Arabic”, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 55.1 (Winter 2015), 197-214;

5C) “Milton’s Areopagitica in the Arab World Today”, English Studies, 96.1 (February 2015), 82-101.

CFProposals, applications, etc.

1) Milton Society of America Communications Officer; now through January 2017

We are squarely in the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth phase for this very important position. Please consider nominating or self-nominating for this important position, with a tenure of January 2017-January 2021. For more details on the duties, please contact outgoing MSA CO David Ainsworth or Feisal Mohamed.

2) Milton Society of America Honored scholar nominations and awards: December 20, 2016 and May 1, 2017

2A) Please submit the name of your nominee for Honored scholar, preferably accompanied by a paragraph and the basis for the nomination to MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed or any of the MSA Exec Comm members , http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=19 , including me, by preferably by December 20, 2016.

2B) For nominating and submitting publications from 2016 for the next set of MSA awards, please see http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=484 .

 3) Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health; essay proposals due 15 January 2017

A peer-reviewed edited volume, Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health, will be submitted to the Literary Disability Studies book series at Palgrave Macmillan (http://www.palgrave.com/us/series/14821). Papers that engage with the place of psychiatric disability within the larger field of disability studies are especially welcome. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited, to the following: Intersections of addiction/psychiatric disability and race, class, gender, and queer identity in literature; Autobiography, authority, and mental illness; Disability and madness post-Foucault; Neurodiversity and psychiatric disability; Feminist and queer disability studies of psychiatric disability and addiction in literature; Cross-cultural perspectives on mental illness and disability; Madness studies in literature; /S/X (consumer/survivor/ex) patient narratives and disability studies. Abstracts of 250-500 words, plus a short biography, to Elizabeth J. Donaldson, by due date. Queries about the CFP before this deadline are very welcome. Accepted authors will be notified by 1 February 2017, and first drafts of chapters (approximately 6000 words) will be due on 15 June 2017 for peer review.

4) 38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum; abstract due January 15, 2017

This conference, “Culture and Violence,” to be held Friday and Saturday April 21-22, 2017, at at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire will feature as keynote speaker Professor Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester on “From Geoffroi de Charny to Louis de la Tremoille:  The Autumn of Chivalry.” Abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss the nature and cultural and religious context of violence in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music. Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal.

 5) Call For Interest: article, due date 1st February 2017

James Freemantle has been invited to curate an Exhibition in 2017 to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Paradise Lost and is looking for scholars who may wish to write an article for the accompanying Exhibition book, on the subject of the publishing history of Paradise Lost, as it related to Fine Press editions of the same. If interested, please contact him.

6) 2018 Society for Classical Studies meeting, Boston, January 4-7, 2018; proposals due February 15, 2017.

“Afterlives of Ancient Medicine: Reception Studies or History of Medicine?” panel, sponsored by the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy (SAM). For more details and/or to send the abstract of 500 words for proposed paper (20 min.), e-mail to Brooke Holmes.

 7) Conference proposal; proposals due February 28, 2017

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and the Early Modern Conversions Project at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas are proud to announce a major conference, “The Politics of Conversion: Martin Luther to Muhammad Ali,” September 14-16, 2017. Religious conversion is a highly personal phenomenon–Augustine under the fig tree has the company of the voices of children and a found biblical verse, Luther spends days in solitary conversation with Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Cassius Clay is in dialogue with one or two sympathetic interlocutors. Yet conversion, as personal as it often is, can also ramify outward into the world with great force, galvanizing new communities, breaking old ones, and changing the political world utterly.The conference will coincide with the opening of a major gallery exhibition at the Newberry titled “Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700.” To view or download the CFP, click here.

8) NEH summer Seminar at the Huntington Library; application deadline March 1, 2017

Prof. John King (Ohio State) and Mark Rankin (James Madison University) will co-direct “The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650.” Full details and application information are available at http://sites.jmu.edu/NEHformation-reformation-books2017/ .

9) International Milton Symposium 12: Renewed Call for Bids, preferred due date 1 March 2017

Because circumstances have made it impossible for those institutions initially expressing interest in hosting IMS12 to do so, I am reissuing the call for bids, as originally instructed by the Standing Committee of the International Milton Symposium. It is intended that the symposium will be scheduled for 2018 or 2019, preferably in the northern-hemisphere summer.

The bid should include a clear indication of proposed dates and of location and accessibility in terms of international travel. A statement of support from the host institution is also desirable, as well as an indication of likely costs to participants, with some account of the available accommodation. Finally, the bid should include an outline of possible supplements to the academic programme (concerts, banquets, excursions, and the like). The successful bid will be announced no later than 1 June 2017. Please note that the International Milton Symposium can offer no financial support.

Secretary to the Standing Committee, Prof. Karen Edwards is happy to respond informally to any preliminary indications of interest and to answer any queries about the process of preparing bids.

 Unexpected Milton sightings

None sent in this month.

Finally…

Please continue to send me news and information that you think would be of interest and importance for our membership to know for inclusion in the next MSA Nuggets.

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica Duran
Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-21)
Professor
English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)
Purdue University

News Nuggets – November 2016

Dear Milton Society of America member,

Please continue to send me news and information that you think would be of interest and importance for our membership to know for inclusion in the next MSA Nuggets. As you can see from below, folks are sharing, doing, communicating – many thanks!

Passages

  1. Ryan Hackenbracht (Texas Tech) potentially to the MLA Delegate Assembly, Region VI: Central and Rocky Mountain, since he is a candidate in this year’s MLA election. All MLA members are welcome to vote on regional delegates. Ryan’s statement is available in the candidate information booklet here https://www.mla.org/content/download/55509/1830721/file/candidate_info_2016.pdfhttps://www.mla.org/content/download/55509/1830721/file/candidate_info_2016.pdf
  2. The UCLA English Department “promoted” Paul Sellin from Distinguished Professor Emeritus to Distinguished Research Professor (English).
  3. We welcome the following new MSA members:

John D. Bradley; Chalfont St Giles, UK

Kelly O’Reilly; Chalfont St Giles, UK

Robert B. Holden; Connecticut, USA

Guiseppina Iocano Lobo; Maryland, USA

Dennis Stasukevich; Pennsylvania, USA

Seminars, Conferences, etc.

1) South-East Milton Seminar; November 4-5, 2016.

The soon-to-be-inducted 2016 MSA Honored Scholar Laura Knoppers will be presenting two papers at the SE Milton Seminar at the University of Alabama: on Friday, November 4th at 5 PM, “Golden Bands and Gaudy Slaughter: Milton’s Samson Agonistes, Dryden’s All for Love, and the Politics of Luxury”; and on Saturday, November 5th at 1 PM there will be a discussion of previously distributed essay, Death’s Grin, or Monstrous Satisfaction in Paradise Lost and Frankenstein. Attendance is free; if you would like a copy of the Saturday paper, please e-mail  David Ainsworth and he will add you to the distribution list.

2) 2017 Modern Language Association annual convention

  1. A) Please make room on your MLA schedule for the MSA sponsored and co-sponsored panels.
  2. Race, Religion, and Form in Spenser and Milton
  3. John Milton: A General Session
  4. B) Thanks to those who have already RSVPed to the 2017 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting. The MLA Convention folk says that it will appear on the electronic Program (NOT in the paper/material copy) but it wasn’t there at last check, so please advertise to your lists, colleagues, etc., and keep your fingers crossed that they post the event soon.

In the meantime, please see the MSA webpage for information about making your reservation for this not-to-be-missed annual event: http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=2221. The same webpage has information about advertising in the program: I encourage you to alert presses about this great platform for reaching the MSA’s 400+ members and for financially supporting our worthy organization. Please consider hosting grad students or colleagues to the gathering.

3) Newberry Milton Seminar, Saturday, May 6, 2017

See <https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar>. Paul Stevens, “TBA.” Please register by Friday, May 5, 2017.

Member Publications

Please note that all member publications announced in the Nuggets will be forwarded to MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed to be included in the MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting program, copies of which you can find on the MSA webpage, the most recent one (January 2016) at <http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=2192>:

1)  The newest issue of Milton Quarterly came out in October. Please see the three articles…

Digression, Sublimity, and Learning in Milton’s Lycidas (pages 157–171) by Ryan Netzley

The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution (pages 202–205) by Grant Tapsell

Milton in Italy: A Survey of Scholarship, 1700-2014 (pages 172–188) by Filippo Falcone

… and five reviews.

2) It’s the perfect time to pre-order Alison Chapman. The Legal Epic: Paradise Lost and the Early Modern Law, coming out from University of Chicago Press in March 2017. Here’s the link to the Chicago catalog with the book description: http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo25338838.html

3) Gordon Teskey‘s book, The Poetry of John Milton, has been honored with Phi Beta Kappa’s Christian Gauss Award for literary scholarship and criticism, 2015.

4) David Loewenstein‘s Treacherous Faith: The Specter of Heresy in Early Modern English Literature and Culture, published in hardback by Oxford UP in 2013, was published in paperback in August 2016; the book’s final chapters are devoted to Milton’s prose and Paradise Lost.

5) John Mulryan, Professor Emeritus at St. Bonaventure University, has published an article entitled “Captioned Images of Venus in Vincenzo Cartari’s Imagini”   in “Emblematica: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Emblem Studies” 22 (2015). There is some evidence that Milton knew Cartari’s work.

6) The recipient of the 2016 MSA First Book Award was published in October 2016: Islam Issa’s Milton in the Arab-Muslim World. See https://www.routledge.com/Milton-in-the-Arab-Muslim-World/Issa/p/book/9781472484802.

CFPs and Call for Applications

1) Milton Society of America Communications Officer; now through January 2017

Okay, folks: we are getting to the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth phase for this very important position. Please consider nominating or self-nomination for this important position, with a tenure of January 2017-January 2021. For more details on the duties, please contact outgoing MSA CO David Ainsworth.

2) International Milton Symposium 12: Renewed Call for Bids, preferred due date 1 March 2017

Because circumstances have made it impossible for those institutions initially expressing interest in hosting IMS12 to do so, I am reissuing the call for bids, as originally instructed by the Standing Committee of the International Milton Symposium. It is intended that the symposium will be scheduled for 2018 or 2019, preferably in the northern-hemisphere summer.

The bid should include a clear indication of proposed dates and of location and accessibility in terms of international travel. A statement of support from the host institution is also desirable, as well as an indication of likely costs to participants, with some account of the available accommodation. Finally, the bid should include an outline of possible supplements to the academic programme (concerts, banquets, excursions, and the like). The successful bid will be announced no later than 1 June 2017. Please note that the International Milton Symposium can offer no financial support.

Secretary to the Standing Committee, Prof. Karen Edwards is happy to respond informally to any preliminary indications of interest and to answer any queries about the process of preparing bids.

3) The University of Toronto Quarterly; continuing

UTQ welcomes contributions in all areas of the humanities – literature, philosophy, fine arts, music, the history of ideas, cultural studies, and so on. It favours articles that appeal to a scholarly readership beyond the specialists in the field of the given submission. UTQ is especially interested in submissions for special issues or special sections on the following topics:

  • Representations of urban life in Canada
  • Literature and the media in an age of global fear (terrorism, environmental disaster, economic crisis)
  • The return of formalism in literary studies
  • Religion and secularism
  • The state of the humanities in Canada

Submissions should be no more than 10,000 words inclusive of notes and works cited. Submissions should be sent in either Microsoft Word DOC or RTF format to utq@chass.utoronto.ca.For more information on UTQ’s house style and editorial policies, please see here – http://bit.ly/utqsubmit – or visit the journal’s website: http://bit.ly/utq_online

4) Renaissance Society of America 2017 Research Fellowship; applications due November 10, 2016

See RSA Fellowships webpage.

 5) Newberry’s Long-Term Fellowship Program; applications due on November 15, 2016

See <http://www.newberry.org/long-term-fellowships>.

 6)  23rd Annual ACMRS Conference (2017); proposals due December 2, 2016.

Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 9-11, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Paradigm Shifts during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Selected papers focused on “Paradigm Shifts during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).  Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University. Professor Hsia’s research has focused on the history of the Protestant Reformation, Catholic Renewal, anti-Semitism, and the encounter between Europe and Asia. His current book project, tentatively titled Translating Christianity: China and the Catholic Missions 1584-1780, is a study of the history of cultural encounter between Counter-Reformation Europe and the Ming and Qing empires.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, Mountain Standard Time on December 2, 2016. Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated. Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email acmrs@acmrs.org.

 7) Newberry’s Short-Term fellowship; applications due on December 15, 1026

See <http://www.newberry.org/short-term-fellowships>.

8) UCLA Center for 17th-& 18th-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library; deadlines of February 2017

Please see the “Research” links at the UCLA Center for 17th-& 18th-Century Studies webpage

www.1718.ucla.edu

and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library webpage

www.clarklibrary.ucla.edu

Postdoctoral fellowship information can be found here:

www.1718.ucla.edu/research/postdoctoral/

Post-doctoral application forms can be accessed directly via this link:

www.1718.ucla.edu/research/postdoctoral/postdoc-app/

Unexpected Milton sightings

From member Roger B. Rollin: Ron Rash, a former student of his and a well established, well regarded novelist, poet, and essayist told him while autographing a copy of his epic novel Serena that it had “Miltonic echoes.” Rollin agrees. Read the book, see the 2014 major motion film.

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,

Angelica
Treasurer, Milton Society of America
Angelica Duran
Professor
English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)
Purdue University