I am inviting proposals for papers on an approved panel entitled “The Long Restoration: Literature and Culture, 1649-1737” at the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference to take place at Auburn University, February 14-17, 2008. This panel hopes to expand our understanding of the social positionings of British writings composed or published during the years surrounding the Restoration of the monarchy.
From the beheading of King Charles I in 1649, the catalyst for the seventeenth-century’s best-selling book, Eikon Basilike (1649), to the Stage Licensing Act of 1737, which resulted in the closing of most of London’s small and fringe theaters, the years increasingly known as the Long Restoration Period were a fertile time for prose, poetry and drama. This panel invites papers that explore literature composed or published during the period, especially those alert to literature’s political, social, scientific, religious or cultural contexts. Writings during this period were often part of a discursive thread of social commentary, in which authors, male and female, sought to participate. By focusing on a selection of writings and their contexts, this panel hopes to trace these discursive threads for a better understanding of this prolific period of socially engaged literature and culture.
Proposals should be sent to the Panel Chair, Kamille Stone Stanton stonek_at_savstate.edu, any time before October 1, 2007.
Details about the conference can be found at the conference website: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/societies/seasecs/callforpapers.html