Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature: Draft Programme + Final CFP

Region, Religion and Early Modern Literature

Institute of English Studies, University of London
Sponsored by the Society for Renaissance Studies

Thursday 2 April 2009

Keynote Speakers: Tom Healy, Willy Maley
Confirmed Speakers include: Rebecca Bailey, Francisco J. Borge, Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen, Helen Hackett

Thanks to the generous support of the Society for Renaissance Studies, a number of postgraduate travel bursaries are available for postgraduates wishing to participate in this event. Preference will be given to those postgraduates speaking at the conference; to this end, the conference organiser is republishing the CFP, and interested postgraduate students are requested to submit a proposal by 28 November 2008. Further information is available from the conference organiser.

The first decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed an explosion of interest in religious texts and communities among scholars of early modern literature. While this is in part a reaction to global politics – religious politics have been in the media spotlight for the best part of the decade – the intensity of the interest also derives from more local concerns, from a professional dissatisfaction with the failure of earlier generations of historicist critics to illuminate fully the relationship between religion and literature in the early modern period. This one-day conference aims to build on this renewed interest in early modern religion, to explore the significance of ‘regional’ religious and/or textual communities in early modern Britain and Ireland.

Conference Organiser: Dr David Coleman, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, UK (


Draft Programme

9.15-9.45am Registration: venue to be confirmed

9.45-10.45 Plenary Session I:
Tom Healy (Birkbeck), ‘”My Soul’s Countryman”: Mapping Religion in England’s Long Reformation’

10.45 Coffee break

11.00-12.30pm Parallel Session I:
Region (A): Writing Ireland
Lyndsay Best (Boston College), ‘Irish Liminality, Religion, and Rebellion: “Dismantling” Shakespeare’s The Tempest’
Mark Hutchinson (Canterbury Christ Church), ‘Theology and Reform in Early Modern Ireland’
Alison Searle (Anglia Ruskin), ‘Religion, Ethnicity and Culture in James Shirley’s St. Patrick for Ireland’

Religion (A): Protestant Poetics
Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen (Leiden), ‘Pain and the Theology of Compassion in Spenser’s “Legend of Holiness” and Florio’s Montaigne’
Deirdre Serjeantson (Cambridge), ‘English Bards and Scotch Poetics: Scotland’s Literary Influence on Sixteenth-Century English Religious Verse’
Allyna Ward (Newcastle), ‘Between the Religious and the Secular: Fortuna & Early Modern Moral Philosophy’

12.30-1.30 Lunch break (own arrangements)

1.30-3.00 Parallel Session II:
Region (B): Continental Encounters
Eva Johanna Holmberg (Turku), ‘”Three Sabboths Together”: Witnessing the Ways of Worship in the Ottoman Mediterranean’
Csaba Maczelka (Szeged), ‘Zeal and Politics: An Early Quaker Visit to Austria-Hungary’
Lieke Stelling (Leiden), ‘Religious Conversion in Early Modern Drama’

Religion (B): Catholic Communities
Rebecca Bailey (Gloucester), ‘Salmacida Spolia (1640): Showcasing a Counter-Reformation Amazon, Queen Henrietta Maria’s Final Masquing Vision’
Nicole Buscemi-Garret (Stony Brook), ‘Aphra Behn’s Religious Politics: Oroonoko and “The Golden Age”‘
Helen Hackett (University College London), ‘English Catholics Looking Inward and Outward: The Writings of the Aston-Thimelby Circle’

3.00 Coffee break

3.00-4.45 Parallel Session III
Region (C): New Worlds?
Francisco J. Borge (Oviedo), ‘”Oute of Sylla into Charibdis”: Spain, Native Americans, and the Formation of England’s Religious Identity in the Early Modern Period’
Andrew Burton (Concordia), ‘The Performance of Religious Deconstruction: The Biblical and Machiavellian Moses in Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine’
Boris Drenkov (Munich), ‘New Religion, New Land , New Queen: Textual/Religious Strategies in Walter Ralegh’s Discovery of Guiana’

Religion (C): Writing Religion
Carme Font Paz (Barcelona), ‘The Cry of a Virgin: Politics, Gender and Self-Representation in Seventeenth-Century Prophetic Genres’
Paul Quinn (Sussex), ‘”Bring fagots for the fire”: Bishop Bonner and the Usurpation of Stephen Gardiner in London “Dramatic” Discourse in the Caroline Period’
Kate Roddy (Trinity, Dublin), ‘”They call me (saith he) ‘Bloody Bonner’ – a vengeance on you all!”: Rewriting the Enemy in the English Martyrologies’

5.00-6.00 Plenary Session II
Willy Maley (Glasgow): ‘Milton Dressed as Lamb’

Enquiries: Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; Email

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