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.


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

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