Bell and May’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus in Manuscript and Print

Pamphilia to Amphilanthus in Manuscript and Print, edited by Ilona Bell with texts by Stephen W. May and Ilona Bell, has been published by Iter Press/ACMRS. In uniquely juxtapositing Wroth’s private manuscript of Pamphilia to Amphilanthus (Folger V.a.104) with the 1621 printed version, this edition reveals Wroth to be an even more innovative and erotically daring writer than has previously been recognized.

CFP: Sidney Society at SCSC 2018

The International Sidney Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1-4 November 2018. Papers may deal with any topic relevant to the life and work of Sir Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney Countess of Pembroke, Robert Sidney Earl of Leicester, and/or Lady Mary Wroth. Papers must not be longer than 20 minutes in the reading; as a guideline, this usually works out to ca. 3,300 words. All proposals should be sent to Roger Kuin at not later than March 20, 2018.

CFP: Sidney Society at RSA (2018, New Orleans)

The International Sidney Society invites paper proposals for the RSA (2018) in New Orleans.  Submissions are welcome from new and established scholars working on Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney Herbert, Lady Mary Wroth, or any of the Sidney Family or Sidney Family Circle.  Reading time for papers should be no longer than 20 minutes.

The International Sidney Society plans to sponsor four sessions on the following topics:

  1. The Sidneys and Edmund Spenser
  2. Theories of Reading, Practices of Writing: How to Read the Sidneys Well
  3. Historical Frames, Poetic Forms, and Aesthetic Pleasures: the Sidneys and Beauty
  4. Violating Boundaries: Sexuality, Politics, and Religion among the Sidney

Submit the following to Robert Stillman ( no later than May 29th: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).

John Derricke’s Image of Irelande (1581) and early modern Ireland: a symposium

Free and Open to the Public
May 17 – 18, 2016
Cleveland, OH
Symposium Web Site

Case Western Reserve University and John Carroll University invite you to “John Derricke’s Image of Irelande (1581) and early modern Ireland,” a two-day, multidisciplinary colloquium of seminar papers and discussion focused on Derricke’s remarkable and highly controversial work. Early modern Irish studies are gaining in popularity, and yet no scholarly collection of essays has been dedicated to Derricke’s book. Derricke’s famous prints, which garner the most attention, are understudied, and his long, multi-part poem is rarely read or discussed at length.

The colloquium is organized by a loosely affiliated group of literature and history scholars with connections to the Cleveland area who have a keen interest in early modern Ireland and Derricke’s work.

CFP: Sidney Society at SCSC (Bruges) 2016 #scsc16

The International Sidney Society is applying for two sessions for the SCSC in Bruges (Belgium) in August 2016, and invites proposals for 20-minute papers:

1. Decoding Moral Narratives. A combined Sidney/Spenser session. If, as Sidney claimed in the Defence, fiction is the best form of moral education, this raises two questions: 1) how does the author encode in fiction the moral principles he wishes to inculcate? 2) how does the reader decode the fiction? This session will concentrate especially on the second question, relating it both to the coding of allegory (The Faerie Queene) and to that of exemplary narrative (Arcadia). What we should like is to structure the session similarly to the 2015 SCSC session on Allegory.

2. Sidneys and the Netherlands. The involvement of both Philip and Robert Sidney with the Netherlands was considerable, and went beyond the merely military context. This session invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the Sidneys’ relations with the Netherlands: literary, diplomatic, cultural and/or military, to celebrate our meeting in Bruges.

Please send proposals to Roger Kuin at

CFP: Sidney Journal Special Issue on Fulke Greville

The Sidney Journal is pleased to announce a special issue on the life and work of Fulke Greville due to appear in the winter of 2016.

Contributors are invited to submit essays on Greville’s poetry and poetic and its relation to Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella, on the tragedies Mustafa and Alaham, on the verse treatise and their scientific, religious and political contexts, and on Greville’s role as a courtier, and patron of writers and composers. Contributions should be approximately 7000 words.

Submissions should be sent to Brian Cummings ( and Freya Sierhuis ( by 15 July, 2016.

CFP: Sidney Society at Kalamazoo 2016 #Kzoo2016

The International Sidney Society is sponsoring three sessions at 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (May 12-15, 2016).  Sessions are described below.  Please send abstracts of 250 words along with the participant information form required by the Congress to Nandra Perry at

Session 1: Sidneian Networks: Medieval to Post-Modern.

This conference session seeks to expand the traditional circumference of the “Sidney Circle” centered on the literary legacies of Philip and Mary Sidney.  Work in the digital humanities, recent studies of manuscript circulation, revised understandings of authorship, and the ongoing work of recovering women’s writing all contribute to current work re-imagining literary networks. We invite proposals that consider literary networks, from the vantages of recent digital work, editorial practice, the circulation of texts, patronage, and authorship. In keeping with the overall theme of the conference, we particularly encourage papers that focus on the engagement of Sidneian poetics with medieval and “medievalizing” sources, contemporaries, and imitators.

Session 2: Sidneian Poetics: Making Sense 

This conference session invites attention to the role of bodies and bodily sensation in Sidneian poetics, ethics, and epistemologies.  How do Philip and Mary Sidney and/or their literary admirers and imitators imagine the pleasures, problems, and possibilities of embodiment: literal and metaphorical, individual and corporate? How reliably do bodies function in their works as instruments of knowledge; and by extension, as instantiations and/or interrogations of political, religious, and intellectual authority? Do some bodies matter more than others? If so, how and why? This session is designed foster conversation on these questions from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including (but not limited to) studies of gender, sexuality, book history, race, religion, and the history of science.

Session 3: New Circles, New Voices

Sidney at Kalamazoo has long been our Society’s primary venue for mentoring young scholars and introducing new projects.  For this session, we particularly invite papers from graduate students and junior faculty whose work is in dialogue with the work of senior scholars in the field.

Submission deadline: September 23, 2015


Participant Information Form

Sponsored Sessions at Kalamazoo 2015 #Kzoo2015

Sponsored Sessions at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 16, 2015 in Kalamazoo MI

10:00 AM, Session 344
Valley I Shilling Lounge
Sidney Circle Poetics
Mad Poets, Bad Poets, and Their Fitful Fancies in Mary Wroth’s Urania and Philip Sidney’s Arcadia
Jamie Kinsley, Auburn Univ.
An Apology for (and to) Barnabe Googe
Theodore L. Steinberg, SUNY–Fredonia

1:30 PM, Session 435
Schneider 1350
Philip Sidney’s Poetics
Amorous Poetry and the Uses of History
Christopher McKeen, Columbia Univ.
“Studying Inventions Fine”: Reading Aristotle in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella
Justin Preston Shaw, Emory Univ.
Philip Sidney’s Legal Patronage: Manuscript Evidence and the Question of Religion
Timothy D. Crowley, Northern Illinois Univ

3:30 PM, Session 494
Schneider 1350
The Van Dorsten Lecture
Mary Ellen Lamb, Southern Illinois Univ.-Carbondale, “Poetry by William Herbert, Third Earl of Pembroke”

CFP: Sidney Journal Special Issue on William Scott’s The Model of Poesy (1599)

The Sidney Journal is soliciting essays on William Scott’s The Model of Poesy (1599), edited by Gavin Alexander for the Cambridge UP in 2013.  We are hoping for a special issue, depending on the number of high-quality essays we receive. The deadline is March 1, 2015, and essays may be sent to the editor at or to our website at For those less familiar with Gavin Alexander’s recent discovery, this description may be useful:

Gavin Alexander’s discovery and subsequent edition of William Scott’s The Model of Poesy (1599) offers new reasons for scholars to reassess Sidney’s importance to Elizabeth literature. Scott was the first writer for whom Philip Sidney mattered primarily as a literary figure rather than as a courtier, as a hero and martyr of the Reformed cause, as a family relation, or as a member of a shared social network. The Model is a how-to handbook for sustaining and encouraging, with some redirection from Du Bartas, the literary explosion of the last two decades of the sixteenth century. Scott attributes the accomplishments of such writers as Spenser, Shakespeare, Daniel, and Drayton to Sidney’s education of that generation in his Defense of Poesy. While Sidney’s Defence offers a justification for fiction-making, Scott’s Model affords a coherent and comprehensive account about how fictions get made.

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CFP: Sidney Society at Kalamazoo 2015

The International Sidney Society will sponsor two open sessions at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, May 14 – 17, 2015. We invite abstracts on any topics related to Phillip Sidney or the Sidney Circle, including family, friends and associates.

Abstracts that address the topics of Sidneian Networks or Poetics will be of special (though certainly not exclusive) interest. Either topic should be considered broadly. Papers might consider literary networks from the vantages of recent digital work, editorial practice, the circulation of texts, patronage, authorship, politics or some other angle. Similarly, we invite work that values or re-evaluates sixteenth-century poetics, whether formalist, devotional, ideological or cultural, or that engages with recent rediscoveries in the area.

In addition to the open paper sessions, the International Sidney Society will sponsor its biennial Van Dorsten lecture. This year’s lecture will feature the incomparable Mary Ellen Lamb, whose scholarship of the Sidney Circle, early modern women’s writing, and early modern culture has taught and inspired us all.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words via email attachment to Andrew Strycharski ( Include your name and email address, as well as requests for special equipment such as a digital projector. Please also include a Participant Information Form (PIF), which you can download from the conference website here. Final papers are limited to twenty minutes reading time. You will receive a prompt response, and any papers not accepted will automatically be forwarded to the general call for the conference.

Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2014.