46th Annual Congress of the
North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature
Rollins College and the University of Central Florida
Winter Park and Orlando, Florida, USA
June 1-3, 2016
Creation, Re-creation, and Entertainment:
Early Modernity and Postmodernity
Orlando may be the best place to discuss the subject of creation and re-creation of entertainment: the city lives under the shadow of Disney corporation, whose most celebrated re-creations are based on French texts from the 17th century French literature, and in particular Perrault’s fairy tales. From this perspective, whether we speak of fireworks behind a prince’s castle, a morality tale to entertain children and parents alike, or even a theatrical representation that seems to appear from magic, the three hundred years that separate Orlando and Versailles seem to disappear: the parallels between the 17th and 21st centuries are founded on the same drive to enliven and enlighten one’s world.
The purpose of this inter- and transdisciplinary conference is to broadly investigate the concept and practices of entertainment during the formation of the modern world. We will consider the economics, the politics, and the institutions of literary, artistic, popular, scientific, and mundane works, as they evolved in 17th and early 18th centuries. This era is rooted in its past. and has shaped the system of the modern world. We therefore will also explore the processes of re-creation as societies and their cultural artifacts are transformed, in relation to their inspirations, whether antique or contemporary, French or not. This aspect of the conference explores the relationship between the creation and the re-creation of a work, and transgresses the ephemeral barriers of time and space to study the 17th century, its influences, and the impacts that it had and continues to have on the world.
In the spirit of the topic, we encourage the most creative (and entertaining) panels and presentations. We welcome submissions from all disciplines and inter/transdisciplinary perspectives that address some aspect of this broad topic. We also encourage you to submit papers and panels on education and pedagogy.
Abstracts proposals for presentations (about 300 words) have to be sent by October 20, 2015. Proposals for panels (with or without presentations) have to be sent by October 10, 2015.
The address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin Balak, Department of Economics, Rollins College: email@example.com
Monica Montalvo, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, UCF: Maria.firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Trinquet du Lys, NASSCFL President; Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, UCF: email@example.com