Call for Papers

Rhyme Royal: Princely Authorship in Early Modern Europe

The Renaissance English Text Society invites abstracts on “Rhyme Royal: Princely Authorship in Early Modern Europe” for The Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting to be held 31 March–2 April 2016 in Boston and the Sixteenth Century Society Conference to be held 18–20 August 2016 in Bruges, Belgium.

Among early modern British monarchs, composing what we would characterize as literary texts was more the rule than the exception, and they were joined in this endeavor by a substantial number of princely persons across Continental Europe. Although there are obvious incentives for princes to write poesy (intervention in cultural and political debate, demonstrating mastery in the competitive game of literary wit, authoritative endorsement of a genre or form) there are equally obvious complications: the conflicted status of poetry and other fiction, the strongly epideictic nature of much Renaissance lyric and epic, the complications of lyric personae and subjectivity, and the fact that most royal authors were never really going to write as well as their most talented subjects. How did princes navigate these (and other) issues in literary writing? What could literary composition achieve that other forms of authority could not? What kinds of publication or distribution strategies did princes use—or what kinds of distribution were used either on their behalf or against their interests? Papers are welcome on writings by anyone functioning as a “prince,” including royal siblings, heirs, and regents.

For RSA submissions, please submit abstract (150-300 words) to Beth Quitslund ( by May 11, 2015.

For SCSC submissions, please submit abstract (200-300 words) to Beth Quitslund ( by February 10, 2016.


The John Doran Prize—$500

Dr. John Doran (1966-2012) was senior lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Chester, UK, and an expert in the history of the papacy and the city of Rome. In honor of his commitment to scholarly excellence, the annual John Doran Prize recognizes outstanding work by a graduate student in the fields of Medieval and Early Modern History or Art History each year. The author of the winning paper will receive $500 and their paper will be published in the journal Allegorica. The prize is endowed by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. Submissions are due by April 31, the winner will be announced at the Symposium.

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