Spreading the Written Word in the English-speaking World, 16th-18th Centuries

Date: June 11 – 13, 2009
Venue: Universities of Mulhouse and Strasbourg, France

What might seem a fairly obvious topic inspired by the local Northern European Humanist tradition characteristic of Gutenberg’s area of adoption now acquires greater immediacy in a world where the written word is constantly challenged by new media.

The object of this conference is to provide insight into the significance and circulation of the written text in European culture from the 16th to the 18th century.

The written word should be understood in its broadest sense, from the most learned humanist tradition (poetry, history, emblem books, translations of the classics, educational, rhetorical and political treatises, theological and philosophical works…) to more popular aspects (romance, novel, ballads, broadsheets and pamphlets, chronicles, histories, lives, vernacular translations of religious texts, travel accounts, emergence of the press…)
The topic invites us to study the cross-fertilization between written culture and the remanence of non-written tradition (including iconography, music and folklore) of which the theatre is a prime example.

Guest speakers:
Mme le Professeur Suzy Halimi (Université de Paris III)
Professor Balz Engler (Basel University)

Please send your proposals for 20-minute papers in English or in French to :
Anne BANDRY, EA 3437 ILLE (Institut des langues et littératures européennes), Universitéé de Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse, anne.bandry@uha.fr
Jean-Jacques CHARDIN, EA 2325 Recherches sur le monde anglophone, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, chardin@umb.u-strasbg.fr