Border Families & their Books in Northern England and in Scotland, c.1480-c.1620

Call for Papers
Border Families and their Books in Northern England and in Scotland, c.1480-1620: A Symposium

Merton College, Oxford, 16-17 April 2010

This symposium will explore the literary activities, tastes and book collections of family groups based in or connected to the border regions of northern England and Scotland from the late fifteenth to the early seventeenth century. These border regions are taken to including the borders or boundaries (physical or imagined) between Lowland and Highland Scotland as well as the Border between England and Scotland. In particular the symposium will consider manuscripts, especially anthologies or miscellanies, associated with kin groups, and related subjects such as literary interchange between border families, or the way in which crossing borders shaped a family’s literary pursuits and interests. Bodies of writing by members of the same family group, or family book collections will also be addressed.

The organizers of the symposium welcome proposals for 20-30 minute papers on these topics. They would be particularly interested to attract proposals for papers on the Percy, Neville, and Howard families, and on the Maitlands, Cockburns, Douglases, and Campbells of Glenorchy.

Proposals should be submitted by 1 October 2009 to Joanna Martin or Katherine McClune.

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