UPDATE: [Cultural-Historical] MLA 2008 Special Session: The Idea of the Individual

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Lynne Simpson
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Jacob Burckhardt, in his seminal work of intellectual history The
Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, defines the idea of the
individual for the nineteenth century, locating it among the combative
early modern city-states: “The more frequently the governing party was
changed, the more the individual was led to make the utmost of the
exercise and enjoyment of power” (83). To what extent does the
construction of the individual depend upon socially determined dynamics
of power? Is there a dialectic or a more productive way to conceive of
the place of the individual in the Renaissanceâ€"or even the new
millennium? Papers might seek to place the ideology of individualism in
a literary, philosophical, psychological, theoretical, cultural, or
historical perspective. Please send proposals of no more than 500 words
to Lynne Simpson at lsimpson_at_presby.edu by March 14.

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