NeMLA 2012 Conference: Dissecting the Lower Sensorium: Smell, Taste, and Touch in Early Modern England

From Spenser’s Faerie Queene to the collected poems of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, early modern thinkers were moved to define and qualify the body’s senses. Of particular interest then—and the focus of this seminar—was the lower sensorium, one’s perception of smell, taste, and touch. Essays will focus on understanding how various works of poetry, drama, altered mythologies, and medical texts gave meaning to three sensoriums so foundational to the subject’s experience. Send abstracts to CJMadson

The 43rd convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will be held in Rochester, New York March 15 - 18, 2012. Our host institution this year is St. John Fisher College, and the convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The call for papers (CFP) is now available online and will appear in NeMLA’s summer newsletter by early June; abstracts are due to session chairs by 30 September 2011 unless otherwise noted in the CFP.