Call for papers
Conference on “Restoration Epistolarity”
Erlangen, 27-28 March 2020
The changing media environment of the English Restoration brought forth a sizeable increase in various forms of literary culture, including the birth of large-scale periodical publishing and the ready availability of the letter resulting from the establishment of the Penny Post. Contrary to the widely held consensus that the letter promoted reliability, recent scholarship has stressed the form’s deconstructive potential, allowing both readers and writers to reflect on the mediated nature of writing and the tenuous relationship between sign and reality. At this conference, we will therefore discuss Restoration epistolary culture as intimately tied to media criticism, new forms of corporeality, and changing literary values. Papers on these and related aspects of seventeenth and early eighteenth-century forms of epistolarity are welcome!
Prof. Dr. Thomas Beebee (Penn State)
Prof. Dr. Helen Berry (Newcastle)
Prof. Dr. Markman Ellis (Queen Mary, U London)
Prof. Dr. Joe Bray (Sheffield)