News Nuggets — February 2019

February 2019

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Milton-related and Member Publications

  1. Rebecca Totoro wishes to call attention to the “Cultural Inquiries in English Literature, 1400-1700” book series form Penn State UP. Please see
  2. Please catch up on the most recent and other publications of Basavaraj Naikarby searching under Guttenberg India, New Delhi.
  3. A digital resource that is set to be launched, with the soft opening already completed for those in the know, like us: the Princeton Prosody Archive: , a full-text searchable database of thousands of digitized books published between 1570 and 1923.

Milton and Member-related Seminars, Conferences, and events of interest

  1. The 2019 Conference on John Milton—to be held October 17-19, 2019 in Birmingham, AL–welcomes papers and roundtables on any aspect of Milton Studies,from close readings of particular works to broader investigations of themes, trends, and contexts.In addition, we welcome papers with a specific focus on Milton and Lucy Hutchinson, as well as papers on Hutchinson alone. Plenary speakers will be David Norbrook and Erin Murphy.

Past attendees should note two changes from previous years: first, we are extending the conference later into Saturday 19 October and reducing the number of concurrent sessions. Second, we are asking for long abstracts at the point of applying, instead of full papers. More information about the conference can be found at 2019 Conference on John Milton. The paper submission deadline is June 1. Questions? Email Alison Chapman at or David Ainsworthat

  1. The Chicago Newberry Milton Seminar coordinated by Stephen FallonChristopher Kendrick; Paula McQuade; and Regina Schwartz have lined up these two noon presentations for

Saturday, February 23, 2019; “Acoustics, Magic, and Milton’s A Masque” by Katherine Cox

Saturday, May 18, 2019; “Unlearning Value: Praise, Risk, and Repetition in Paradise Lost” Ryan Netzley

See .

  1. Atalanta presents Milton in Love: Music in the Eternal City; Sunday, April 2019, 3:00 PM EST; Chicago, IL, USA


The British consort Atalante is reviving a repertoire of early Baroque laments that have languished in the Vatican library for centuries. Milton in Love paints a portrait of the English poet John Milton’s sojourn through Rome where he fraternized with the Illuminati, attended opera and oratorios, and became enamored with the singing of soprano Leonora Baroni. Prior to the performance, students from Professor Robert Kendrick’s graduate seminar will deliver a lecture on Milton’s encounter with Italian music.

The MSA @ the MLA

Lots of news from the gathering of the Executive Committee and members

1) 2019 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting. On Saturday, January 5, 2019, “heart easing mirth” descended upon the 53 revelers who convened for the poetry of Rosanna Warren, awards, good food, and good cheer at Chicago Eataly. The MSA AD&M program should be posted soon on the MSA website.

2) New members and officers of the 2019 MSA Executive Committee. With are hearty “thanks” to outgoing MSA Exec Committee members Sharon AchinsteinGregory Chaplin, and Crystal Bartolovich, we also give a hearty “welcome” to the new members of the MSA Executive Committee:

– John Rumrich, President

– Angelica Duran, Vice-President

– Lauren Shohet, Treasurer (01/2019-01/2024)

– Alison Chapman, member

– Su Fang Ng, member

3) Piloting a new MSA AD&M schedule, 2020-22. Given the 62.5% membership vote to move the MSA AD&Mto coordinate with the RSA Annual Convention and after great deliberation at the January 2019 MSA Executive Committee meeting, the 2020 (Philadelphia, PA, USA), 2021 (Dublin Ireland), and 2022 (TBD) MSA AD&Ms will be held in conjunction with the Renaissance Society of America Annual Convention. The attendance numbers of the upcoming MSA AD&Ms will be shared via the Nuggets and the MSA Secretary will forward a vote to MSA members to determine which Annual Convention works best for MSA members to convene. It will indeed be interesting to see if our many international members will or will be able to take the opportunity of a European site (Ireland) in 2021.

  1. Some factors.At the end of 2018, MSA Secretary Feisal M circulated an e-vote link to members to determine interest in coordinating the MSA AD&M with the Renaissance Society of America annual convention rather than with the MLA Annual Convention, given that the numbers of revelers at the MSA AD&Ms at the MLA Annual Conventions have been bumpily yet steadily declining: 2019=53, 2018=60, 2017=65, 2016=63, 2015=55, 2014=85.  MLA Convention attendance has also been bumpily yet steadily declining too from 8,300 in 2008 to 6,040 in 2018 ( From my phone call (01/22/2019) to the RSA, the attendance at the RSA Annual Convention has held steady at about 2,000 folks for the past decade, with the RSA at times having to reduce size given sites’ restrictions and other factors.

4) The MSA at the MLA 2020

  1. A)Drinks. The MSA plans on giving members and Milton-lovers the occasion to gather with a Social Hour at the MLA Annual Convention January 9-12, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. More news forthcomings and all good ideas welcome!
  2. B) Panels. You will find all CFPs for the MLA 2020 Annual Convention on the MLA webpage, including thse MSA-sponsored panels:

a) Milton’s Unruly Environments. Papers concerning all aspects of the writings of John Milton will be considered, especially those concerning ecology, or rebellion, or both. 300-word abstract and two-page CV. Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 8, 2019 to John Rumrich, U Texas-Austin ( ); and Feisal G. Mohamed, Graduate Center, City U of New York ( ).

b) Milton and Donne: Sex, Politics, Religion, Aesthetics. This panel invites proposals that put the works of Milton and Donne in conversation. All topics and methodologies welcome. 300-word abstract and brief CV. Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 15, 2019. Brooke Conti, Cleveland State U ( ); Feisal G. Mohamed, Graduate Center, City U of New York ( )

5) Changes in MSA dues, starting in 2020

Membership rates will remain the same for the most part, with the exception of International members in the UK and Canada. Per the membership webpage, ,

members from the US, UK, and Canada will pay their level (regular or student/independent scholar) of annual membership fees, facilitated by Paypal.

6) MSA awardees named, announced, and sought. The 2020 Honored Scholar is David Quint. Please see the submission guidelines for the MSA Awards for scholarly works published in 2018 on the MSA webpage:

CFPapers, proposals, etc.

1) British Comparative Literature Association prizes; due February 11, 2019

For undergraduate to Established in the Field of unrestricted citizenshipFirst prize is £350; second prize is £200; third prize is £100; other entries may receive commendations. All three prizes also include one year’s BCLA membership. Winning entries are published in full on the website, and extracts from winning entries are also eligible for publication in Comparative Critical Studies. Prizes will be awarded for the best unpublished literary translations from any language into English. Literary translation includes poetry, prose, or drama from any period.  Entries must be translations of (extracts from) literary works, e.g. novel, short story, essay, drama, poetry, prose. They must not have been entered for any other competition. Entries may be the collective work of any number of translators.  Translations from different languages or from different literary genres should be treated as separate entries. A maximum of three entries may be submitted per entrant.

2) Volume of collected essays: Women (Re)Writing Milton: A Global Perspective; chapter proposals due February 15, 2019 and completed chapter September 30, 2019.

The objective of this project is not only to offer the first ever study to discuss the reception Milton’s work on women from across the globe, but also to be the first publication to offer detailed analyses of how female authors, artists and academics have experienced and engaged with the writings of one of England’s most influential seventeenth-century figures.  Chapter-length contributions (6000-8000 words) centred, but not exclusively so, on the following themes: Milton and Women or Milton’s Women; Global Milton or Milton beyond European Borders; Milton Migrates or Women Translating Milton; Women (Re)writing/Revising Milton or Eve Responding to Milton; Milton’s silent/deformed/forgotten women or Milton through the Female Gaze; Milton within the Feminine Space or Milton and the Intellectual Feminine (academia/art); Milton and the Fallen Feminine or Milton and Misogyny; Milton Retold or Milton and the Female Narrative (Folklore); Milton and Female Art or Women Performing/Adapting Milton; Milton’s Textual Metamorphosis or Milton Reborn

Papers from all disciplines in the arts, humanities and sciences, covering any historical period are welcome. When submitting an abstract, please provide: 1) Name, degree, position, affiliation, and a brief bio including a teaching and publication summary. 2) Preferred contact details (email and mailing address). 3) Chapter title and descriptive sub-header. Titles and abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to .

3) Call for Presentations: “Looking Ahead – the ADA turns 30,” The 3rd biennial UMD Disability Summit, April 5, 2019, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; proposals due February 15, 2019
Submissions welcome from academics, advocates, and members of thecommunity covering a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to: The history and outlook of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Disability Activism/Disability Justice (past, present, and future); Accessible Labor Practices; Race, Gender, Class, and other Intersectional Approaches to Disability Advocacy; Disability Community Engagement, Advocacy, and Action; Disability in the Media (the potentials and pitfalls of representation); Literature and Disability Studies; Attitudes and their Effects on Disability Policy; Critical Disability Studies. Submissions should include a 200-word abstract; Title; Preferred presentation format; and. Your contact information sent to with the subject line, “Disability Summit Proposal.”

4) Experiences of Dis/ability from the Late Middle Ages to the Mid-Twentieth Century, 22 – 23 August 2019, Tampere University, Finland; proposals due February 15, 2019
Conference website: . Keynote speakers: David Lederer, Maynooth University; Donna Trembinski, St. Francis Xavier University; David Turner, Swansea University. This conference aims to concentrate on the experiences of those with physical or mental impairments and chronic illnesses, with special reference to the period between the late Middle Ages and the mid-twentieth century. Papers should explore the ways in which ‘disabilities’ have been lived and experienced, in all stages of life, and by people of different social status and background. The conference aims to promote dialogue between disability historians across national and chronological borders and we welcome papers presenting new research and work in progress.  To submit a proposal, please submit title and abstract of 200 words, with your contact information and affiliation here: . Participation is free of charge, and includes lunches and coffees for speakers. The conference is organized by the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (HEX, at the University of Tampere and the group “Lived Religion” and has received funding from The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation ( and HEX. For more information, please write to the organizers ( jenni.kuuliala@uta.fiand ).

5) Innovations in Reading Prize, National Book Foudnation, USA; Nominations due February 15, 2019

There are four honorable mentions, and one winner of a $10,000 prize. Open to Academic Institution; Government; Individuals Early Career and Emerging in Field and Mid-Career to Established in Field; and Nonprofits. Applicants should Share the National Book Foundation’s mission to expand the audience for literature in America; Focus on reading, and not exclusively literacy skills; Demonstrate innovation in mission, approach, and/or audience/community served; and Apply for an existing program/project/initiative with evidence of success–as Innovations in Reading is a prize and not a grant, the goal is to reward work already underway, encouraging it to continue and/or expand.

6) “Storytelling and the Body: An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference,”15th to 16th July 2019, Verona, Italy; proposals due February 22, 2019

The organisers welcome proposals for presentations, displays, exhibits, round tables, panels, interactive workshops and other activities to stimulate engagement and discussion on any aspect of the interplay between stories, bodies, barriers and borders, particularly in relation to: Law, jurisprudence and public policy; Morality and ethics; Business/economics; Education; Religion and spirituality; Labour/human capital; Medicine, health and wellness; Science and technology; Social work; Activism; Social media; Film and television; Theatre; Literature; Music; Fine Art; Sport; Popular culture; Body art: implants, painting, piercings, tattoos, scarification, sculpting, shaping; Body modifications; Non-human bodies, the bodies of other species; Post-human bodies What to Send: 300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts and other forms of contribution and participation. Other forms of participation should be discussed in advance with the Organising Chair. Notification of the panel’s decision by Friday 8th March 2019; accepted submissions require a full draft of your contribution by Friday 31st May 2019. Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords. E-mails should be entitled: Storytelling and the Body Submission.Early Bird Submission and Discount: Submissions received on or before Friday 18th January 2019 will be eligible for a 10% registration fee discount. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator: Dr Cristina Santos: and Project Administrator:

 7) Fritz Thyssen Stiftung / Fritz Thyssen Foundation; application due February 28, 2019

Financial resources can be applied for to cover travel expenses (rail travel 2nd class, air travel economy class), broken down according to speakers; costs of accommodation, meal costs for active participants/speakers, to a limited extent, generally up to € 1.000,- resources to defray incidental conference costs (printing of flyers and posters, conference support by student helpers or assistants, rental costs for conference rooms etc.) and childcare costs incurred during the conference (at least one offer must be attached). Open to Academic Institution; Individuals in Early Career and Emerging in Field and Mid-Career to Established in Field; and Nonprofits. The Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics. An application can be filed in the following areas of support:  History, Language & Culture ; The interdisciplinary field “Image-Sound-Language” ; State, Economy and Society; Medicine and the Natural Sciences. Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.

8) Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial AwardSociety of American Archivists (SAA; Nominations due February 28, 2019

The Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award was created in 1974 and recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives.  Selection criteria include: Involvement and work in the Archivists of Religious Collections Section of the Society of American Archivists; Contributions to archival literature that relates to religious archives; Participation and leadership in religious archives organizations; and/or Evidence of leadership in a specific religious archives. The awardee will receive a certificate and a cash prize.

9) Short Term fellowship University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS); Applications due March 1, 2019

Fellowships will be taken between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. Recipients receive a stipend of $2,500/month for fellowships lasting up to three months. Please note that housing and office space is not provided for Fellows. Open to Individuals Graduate Students and post-dcs of any nationality.  Ahmanson Research Fellowships support the use of UCLA Library Special Collections’ extensive holdings in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and printed books. These include: the Ahmanson-Murphy Aldine and Early Italian Printing Collections; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Bourbon del Monte de San Faustino Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduate students or postdoctoral scholars who need to use these collections for graduate-level or postdoctoral independent research.

10) Short term fellowship; Library company of Philadelphia; Applications due March 1, 2019

The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award approximately twenty-five one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during the academic year 2019-2020. Stipends range from $2,000-$2,500. Fellowships are tenable for any one-month period between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during the academic year 2017-2018. These two independent research libraries, adjacent to each other in Center City Philadelphia, have complementary collections capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world from the 17th through the 19th centuries, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional history to the present.

11) 9th Triennial Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, “Networks of Dissent: Connecting and Communicating across the Long Reformation”; 14-17 August 2019; Edmonton, Canada; proposals by March 1, 2019

Plenary speakers Alison Chapman, Ariel Hessayon, Kathleen Lynch, and Feisal Mohamed. We invite proposals for 20-minute individual papers and full-session panels on our theme or any topic relating to the literature, culture and history of the Long Reformation, especially touching on the life, works, and legacy of John Bunyan and other dissenting voices of the seventeenth century. The conference will highlight an exhibition of rare Bunyan books in Bruce Peel Special Collections, and a special public event on law, religion and society with a dramatic performance based on Bunyan’s trial. Please email proposals for individual papers or panels (up to 3 papers) at Please include a 300-word summary, a title, and a 1-page c.v. Organizing Committee: Sylvia Brown (University of Alberta), David Gay (University of

Alberta), and Arlette Zinck (The King’s University). Visit .

12)  Kenyon College Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship to begin July 2019: Variable due date, see webpage

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Kenyon College in Ohio, USA, will provide a stipend of US$36,000, plus health benefits, housing (or equivalent allowance), and a small moving allowance to Graduate Student and Minority who are US citizens. The College will also provide some allowance to cover research, travel to conferences, and professional expenses. The Fellow will be provided an office, a networked computer, and secretarial support services.  The program is for scholars in underrepresented groups in the final stages of their doctoral work who need only to finish the dissertation to complete requirements for the Ph.D. We hope the experience of teaching, researching, and living for a year at Kenyon will encourage these Fellows to consider a liberal arts college as a place to begin their careers as teachers and scholars. In the past, fellowships have been awarded in: African and African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, English, History, Math, Modern Languages and Literatures (Spanish), Music, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies. Fellows are expected to teach one course each semester, usually in the Fellow’s general research area, and to work toward the completion of their dissertations.

13) Episcopal Church Foundation, Fellowship Partners Program; application due March 15, 2019

Typically, ECF has awarded three to four Fellowships per year. Awards range up to $15,000 and Fellows may apply to renew grants for up to three years (renewal grants are capped at $10,000). Open to Early Career and Emerging in Field, Graduate Student, and Mid-Career to Established in Field. Applicants will provide a synopsis of the proposed course of study, express a commitment to forming the next generation of scholars and ministry leaders, demonstrate the need for this particular study, and propose a methodology for sharing the knowledge, experience, or best practices gained in this study.

14) CFPapers, Mosaic journal; April 30, 2019.

Mosaic invites innovative and interdisciplinary submissions for a special issue on the 40th anniversary of Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida. We invite close readings informed by feminist and queer theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and aesthetics. We are especially interested in essays focusing on memory; chiasms; mourning; singularity; the archive; time; allegory; analytics of life/death; genetics and genealogy; the relationship between image and text; comparative analysis between Walter Benjamin and Barthes; analysis that plays between Barthes’s book and his critical corpus; the influence of the book on specific moments in contemporary photography (i.e., New York, Vancouver, or Paris); and the question of what Camera Lucida leaves out of the equation. Finally, we invite artists to submit photo-based projects that extend, complicate, and enrich our understanding ofCamera LucidaMosaic follows an electronic submission process. If you would like to contribute an essay for review, please visit our website for details: Email any submission questions to

15) Conference CFP for Once Upon a Time There Was a Virus….: Storytelling, Health and Illness; Saturday 31st August – Sunday 1st September 2019; Lisbon, Portugal; Due July 2019

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event is to bring people together and encourage creative conversations in the context of a variety of formats: papers, seminars, workshops, storytelling, performances, poster presentations, panels, q&a’s, round-tables etc. 300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts and other forms of contribution and participation should be submitted by Friday 8th March 2019. Other forms of participation should be discussed in advance with the Organising Chair. All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Development Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed. You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 22nd March 2019.If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 12th July 2019. For more information, ; Project Administrator:

16) New Book Series: Anthem World Epic and Romance; ongoing deadlines

The Anthem World Epic and Romance series publishes rigorous, innovative scholarly studies dealing with epics and chivalric romances from across the globe, both written and oral, in poetry and prose, as well as adaptations in theater and cinema. The series seeks to foster new comparative and cultural understandings of heroic narratives, focusing on literary and geopolitcal context, ranging from antiquity through the medieval and early modern period to contemporary society. We welcome submissions of proposals for challenging and original works from emerging and established scholars that meet the criteria of our series. We make prompt editorial decisions. Our titles are published in print and e-book editions and are subject to peer review by recognized authorities in the field. Should you wish to send in a proposal for a monograph (mid-length and full-length), edited collection, handbook or companion, reference or course book, please contact us at: Series Editor Jo Ann Cavallo – Columbia University, USA. Editorial Board: Catherine Bates – University of Warwick, UK; Brenda E. F. Beck – University of Toronto, Canada; Joel P. Christensen – Brandeis University, USA; Olga M. Davidson – Boston University, USA; Ruth Finnegan – Open University, UK
Robert P. Goldman – University of California at Berkeley, USA; Elizabeth Jeffreys – Oxford University, UK; Adeline Johns-Putra – University of Surrey, UK; Sharon Kinoshita – University of California at Santa Cruz, USA; Elizabeth Oyler – University of Pittsburgh, USA
Shyam Manohar Pandey – University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy; Karl Reichl – University of Bonn, Germany; Dwight Reynolds – University of California at Santa Barbara, USA;Paula Richman – Oberlin College, USA; Charles S. Ross – Purdue University, USA; Luke Sunderland – Durham University, UK

Unexpected Milton sightings…

Thanks to Marissa Nicosia for alerting us to Vinson Cunningham’s review in The New Yorker (January 21, 2019) of The Penguin Book of Hell, ed. Scott G. Bruce. He invokes Milton’s Satan: ‘One of my nightmares is to end up like Milton’s Satan – whose absence from the “Book of Hell” is Bruce’s one egregious mistake. In “Paradise Lost,” Satan shows up in Eden, in search of Adam and Eve, certain that by force of will he can ease the pain of damnation, making of Hell a suitable home. But, surrounded by the loveliness of the new creation, he feels his internal awfulness all the more: “Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;/ And in the lowest deep a lower deep/  Still threat’ning to devour me opens wide,/ To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heav’n.” He and Hell belong to each other; where he goes, the torture goes, too.’

— By Angelica Duran