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396. Periodization and Early Modern English Literature

Friday, 10 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Chicago H, Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on Literature of the English Renaissance, Excluding Shakespeare, and the Division on Seventeenth-Century English Literature

Presiding: Kristen Poole, Univ. of Delaware, Newark; Alan Stewart, Columbia Univ.

Speakers: Douglas S. Bruster, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Jean Elizabeth Howard, Columbia Univ.; Mihoko Suzuki, Univ. of Miami; Steven Zwicker, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Session Description:

This session questions current intellectual and institutional habits of periodization in early modern English literary studies. How does conceptualizing the sixteenth century as “post-medieval” affect our understanding of the seventeenth century? How does “the long eighteenth century” affect our understanding of the seventeenth century? What is the value of maintaining a pre-/post-1660 distinction?


  • British Literature – Renaissance and Elizabethan

  • British Literature – Seventeenth Century

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