MLA Convention in Seattle
Seattle (9-12 janvier 2020), avant le 15 mars 2019

LLC Seventeenth-Century French Forum

Guaranteed Sessions 

  • Theory’s Seventeenth Century

Reassessing the central role of seventeenth-century French texts and contexts in twentieth-century theory. How have theorists (mis-)read the seventeenth century? How can current dix-septiémiste work shed new light on the theory canon? 300-word abstracts to Ellen Welch ( by 15 March 2019.

  • The Discourses of Luxury in 17th-Century France

Intersection of politics, myth-making, and aesthetics in development of luxury; its impact on social culture, artistic practices, and national identity forging process; place of 17th century in emerging field of luxury studies. 300-word abstracts to Sylvaine Guyot ( by 15 March 2019.

Non-Guaranteed Sessions 
(subject to approval by the MLA program committee once the panelists are chosen)

  • Troubles et Tourbillons: Toward a Materialist Poetics of Turbulence in the 17th Century
  • Disturbance, broadly construed: vortex, squall, drift, entropy, noise. Relation of natural philosophical principles of scattering, flux, or disarray to early modern poiesis. 250-word abstracts to Jeffrey N. Peters ( by 15 March 2019.

Roundtable: Print and Digital Interfaces in Early Modern Literature

Role of interface (layout, multimedia, reference mechanisms: links, notes) in print and digital editions of early modern works. 200-word abstracts to Christophe Schuwey ( and Geoffrey Turnovsky ( by 15 March 2019.