Early Modern Literature Graduate Seminar, Michaelmas Term 2012

November 24, 2012

Anne Coldiron (Florida State University) launched this year’s early modern seminar with a paper on ‘The Mediated Medieval and Shakespeare:  Lost Troys, Belly Fables, and the Renaissance Reprint Culture’. Beginning with a stimulating critique of the effect of period divisions on our understanding of the longer term in cultural history, she offered new contexts for Coriolanus. Michael Wyatt (Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Stanford University), speaking on ‘Aretino in Albion: the Scourge of ImagePrinces in Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller’, threw fresh light on images of Henry VIII and on Aretino’s English reception, with intriguing glimpses of Giovanni Francesco Straparola’s story of ‘The Pig King’ in Le piacevoli notti. In ‘George Herbert and the Mind’s Eye’, Sarah Howe (Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge), showed that attentive close readings could refine broader-brush accounts of Protestantism and the visual arts.

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