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The Thirteenth International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and Literature

Padova 22-26 July 2011

The definition of a literary canon in medieval and early modern Scotland is closely connected with the definition of the Scottish nation. Attempting an assessment of Scottish literature means above all dealing with a definition of this literature within a strongly defined national context: literature and nation grow together, and each contributes to the other’s definition.

Following these suggestions, we welcome papers addressing (but not necessarily restricted to) the following topics:

- Redefining the canonical in early Scottish literature
- One nation, many languages: issues of language and time range
- New canons of neo-Latin and Gaelic poetry
- Defining Older Scots
- The ongoing circulation and adaptation of Older Scots literature
- A tale of two nations: Scotland and England
- Scottish-Italian relations
- Local cultural centres: the influence of religious, educational, and legal institutions
- The invention of literary tradition in seventeenth-century Scotland
- Literary and linguistic theories and practices in seventeenth-century Scotland
- Building a national epic
- Poetry deriving from strands of Protestantism
- Personal and political satire
- The poetry of quietism
- Medieval universities and the progress of learning

Papers should be twenty minutes long. Please send a 500-word abstract and brief curriculum vitae by 31 August 2010 to:

Alessandra Petrina - Dipartimento di Lingue e Lett. Anglo-Germaniche e Slave

Via Beato Pellegrino, 26
35100 Padova - Italy