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.


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

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