Cfp: Sterne and the Grand Tour: Places, Postures, Portraits, Naples 28-30 October 2021

Sterne and the Grand Tour: Places, Postures, Portraits

Fourth International Laurence Sterne Foundation Conference, Naples 28-30 October 2021

Sternes eccentric Grand Tour through Italy culminated in Naples, where he arrived Shandaicallyenough just in time for the pre-Lenten festivities in February 1766.

For the Fourth Conference in Naples the ILSF warmly welcomes proposals that focus on Sternes artful investment in all aspects related to the Grand Tour. Topics may include the following:

The Grand Tour in the eighteenth century and Sternes narrative detours

Sterne in Italy between antique and modern arts

Sterne and learned wit

The metaphor of writing as travelling and Sternes travesties and postures

Sternes authorial masks and the festive repertoire of the carnivalesque

We also welcome proposals for themed panels.

Abstracts (max 300 words) should be sent to Peter de Voogd ( and to Maria Laudando (

The deadline is 31 July 2021.

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