“Lords of Wine and Oil”: Community and Conviviality in the work of Robert Herrick and his Contemporaries.

This conference comes halfway through the process of editing The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick (Oxford UP, 2010) and will be held on July 18th-20th 2008 at Buckfast Abbey, near Herrick’s vicarage of Dean Prior, in Devon. The conference will focus on the part played by Community, Conviviality and Friendship not only in Herrick’s work, but in all forms of literary discourse of the early Stuart period (c.1600-c.1650). Discussions of writers who, due to rank, gender or conviction, cannot enter or are critical of certain communities or communal identities are also welcome.

Topics will include (but are not limited to):

* studies of individual clubs, coteries or salons and their literary output

* studies of individual writers working within such groups

* the formation, entrance criteria and exclusionary practices of these groups

* the treatment and significance of friendship

* composition and circulation of manuscript and/or print verse miscellanies

* the involvement of coteries and salons with wider political and social events

* the exploration or discussion by writers of communal identities

* competition and/or collaboration between writers

* relationships between writers, their patrons and/or their publics

* community, sociability and genre, including the country house poem and non-literary genres such as letters and sermons

* conflicts within and between communities

* the socio-cultural implications of print publication for literary communities

* verse exchanges, dedicatory poems and prefaces in print and manuscript

* relationship between orality, manuscript and print

Update 1: We are happy to announce that Professor Katharine Eisaman Maus (Virginia) and Professor Leah Marcus (Vanderbilt) will be our keynote speakers.

Update 2: We are both grateful for and pleased to acknowledge the support of Herrick’s old college, St. John’s College, Cambridge, and the Department of English at the University of Exeter.

Update 3: With the support of the Society for Renaissance Studies, we are now able to offer bursaries to postgraduate speakers at this conference, for whom we intend to establish an individual panel. Those postgraduates who have already sent in their proposals will automatically be considered for a bursary but if you are planning to send in a proposal, please indicate whether you are interested in obtaining one of the bursaries. We are very grateful for the generous support of the SRS, which allows us to offer this option.

Update 4: Part of the conference will be a panel specifically concerned with manuscript work, which is sponsored by the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections (AMARC) and we thank them for their interest and support.

For further information, write to Dr Ruth Connolly, School of English, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU or email: ruth.connolly@ncl.ac.uk

View the Herrick Project website at: http://herrick.ncl.ac.uk/

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