Praise of Passion in the Renaissance and Reformation worshop
Date: Friday 24 January 2014
Venue: Level 7 Common Room, Arts West, The University of Melbourne
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Reading, the first chapter of Strier’s The Unrepentant Renaissance (“Against the Rule of Reason”). This workshop will consider defenses of passion in the Renaissance and Reformation, and the different values that are ascribed to emotions in tragedy. King Lear will be our starting-point.
Speaker: Professor Richard Strier, Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus from the English Deptartment, Divinity School, and the College of the University of Chicago.
Richard Strier is the author of The Unrepentant Renaissance from Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton (2011) – which won the Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for Literary Criticism -- Resistant Structures: Particularity, Radicalism, and Renaissance Texts (1995); and Love Known: Theology and Experience in George Herbert’s Poetry (1983). He has co-edited a number of interdisciplinary collections including, most recently, Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation Among Disciplines and Professions (with Bradin Cormack and Martha Nussbaum); Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century England (with Derek Hirst); Religion, Literature and Politics in Post-Reformation England, 1540-1688 (with Donna Hamilton); The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576-1649 (with David L. Smith and David Bevington); and The Historical Renaissance: New Essays in Tudor and Stuart Literature and Culture (with Heather Dubrow). He has published essays on Shakespeare, Donne, Luther, Montaigne, and Milton, and on formalism and twentieth-century critical theory.