Research In Progress: Spenser’s Death Games

I’m working on turning a conference paper into a journal article. Here’s the abstract. You can find the in-progress paper after the jump…

Not Dead Yet? Spenser’s Death Games

Spenser frequently gives us characters who look like they’re dead when they’re not. More generally, he gives us things that look finished when they’re not. While these juxtapositions are hardly the stuff of humor, they are amenable to parodox which can prove a breeding ground for folly. This happens at least twice in The Faerie Queene’s first three books: in Book I Canto XII when the “rude” townsfolk muse over the condition of the Red-Cross-Knight-slain dragon and in Book III Canto IV when Cymoent laments the what-she-thinks-is-death of her son Marinell. In this paper, I try to show the movements of Spenser’s laughter in these episodes and how his poem encourages us not to be too hasty with dead corpses.

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Research In Progress: Spenser’s Death Games

How to Give a Conference Paper

Our campus hosted a literary conference today. It’s always a trip getting to hear students and faculty members deliver papers. I don’t get a chance to see my colleagues get to do their things a whole lot, and this conference gives me a chance to I get to see people from other regional schools. The conference paper is a particular genre, and every time I attend these 15-20-mins-apiece-per-paper-three-papers-to-a-session conferences, I end up thinking about what makes some papers work and others not. Here I try to detail the difference.

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How to Give a Conference Paper