24-26 OCTOBER 1997


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Ruth Perry, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on incest and the gothic novel as signs of transformed kinship relationships in late eighteenth- century England

ALSO PLANNED: A concert of baroque music by early modern women composers

CONCURRENT EVENT: A conference on TEACHING THE PAST IN THE PRESENT: GENDER IN HISTORY, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, will be held October 25 and 26, 1997. NWSECS partici- pants interested in participating in this conference as well should send an e-mail query to Barbara Altmann, Romance Languages, University of Oregon, at baltmann@oregon.uoregon.edu


Papers on ANY topic relating to the early modern period are welcomed and encouraged, especially those pertaining to the general conference theme. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches and hope to set up some panels consisting of scholars from different disciplines. Submissions by graduate students are also encouraged. Also planned is a round-table discussion on interdisciplinary teaching of early modern topics.

We are also interested in configuring panels on the following general topics:

Send proposals for papers on these or other early modern topics by 31 May 1997 to

Roxanne Kent-Drury
University of Oregon
Department of English
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1286

Hard copy submission is preferred, but fax and e-mail submissions will be accepted at

e-mail: rkdrury@oregon.uoregon.edu
fax: (541) 346-1509

In addition to the general topics listed above, the following panels have also been proposed. If you wish to submit a paper proposal for one of these panels, please send it directly to the panel chair by 30 April 1997.

"Women Writers and the Aesthetics of Cultural Studies"
Chair: Pam Plimpton, English, University of Oregon
Send proposals/papers to: 2804 NE 38th Avenue, Portland, OR 97212

"The Position of the Missionary"
Chair: James Thompson, Eighteenth-Century Studies
University of North Carolina, CB3520 Greenlaw Hall,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520

"Perspectives on Art 2"
Chair: Mary Sheriff, Eighteenth-Century Studies
University of North Carolina, CB3520 Greenlaw Hall,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520

"Narratives of Northwest Exploration Before 1815"
Chair: Gordon Sayre, English
University of Oregon, Eugene, 97403-1286

"Eighteenth-Century Opera and Gender"
Chair: Jacqueline Letzter, Department of Languages and Literature
University of Utah, 1400 LNCO, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

"Baroque Textualities: Excess and Anomaly in the Early Modern Text"
Chair: Nina Chordas, English
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1286

"Nationalism and J. J. Rousseau's Theories of Music"
Chair: Elisabeth LeGuin, Music, University of California, Berkeley
Send proposals to: 5908 Merriewood Dr., Oakland, CA 94611

"The Rise of Neo-Gothicism in the Eighteenth-Century"
Chair: Marcus Brownell, English
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1286

"Seventeenth-Century European Theater"
Chair: Massimo Lollini, Romance Languages
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403

"Then and Now: Eighteenth-Century Literature Through the Lens of
Contemporary Theory"
Chair: David Bockoven, English
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1286