396. Periodization and Early Modern English Literature
Sunday, 10 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Chicago H, Chicago Marriott
Program arranged by the Division on Literature of the English Renaissance, Excluding Shakespeare, and the Division on Seventeenth-Century English Literature
Presiding: Kristen Poole, Univ. of Delaware, Newark; Alan Stewart, Columbia Univ.
Speakers: Douglas S. Bruster, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Jean Elizabeth Howard, Columbia Univ.; Mihoko Suzuki, Univ. of Miami; Steven Zwicker, Washington Univ. in St. Louis
This session questions current intellectual and institutional habits of periodization in early modern English literary studies. How does conceptualizing the sixteenth century as “post-medieval” affect our understanding of the seventeenth century? How does “the long eighteenth century” affect our understanding of the seventeenth century? What is the value of maintaining a pre-/post-1660 distinction?
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