Plutarch in the Renaissance October 2011
Session CFP for the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, October 2011 in Fort Worth, TX
Plutarch in the Renaissance
I can very hardly be without Plutark, he is so universall and so full, that upon all occasions, and whatsoever extravagant subject you have undertaken, he intrudeth himselfe into your work, and gently reacheth you a helpe-affording hand […] (Montaigne; tr. John Florio, 1603). The topic of this session is large: the influence of Plutarch's work – not only the Lives but also the Moralia, or Moral Essays – on the thought and writing of the Renaissance. Plutarch's influence on Montaigne and Shakespeare is well known; less has been said of the rôle of his work in education, the use made of it by other dramatists and essayists, or its general effect on the reception of the Classical past.
Papers are invited on any aspect of this topic. They might (for example) focus on the translations and the particular circumstances in which they were produced; the prevalence of certain Moral Essays and ways in which they were adapted; or the choice and use of the Lives among other historical texts in the recreation (in any form) of ancient history.
Please submit abstracts of around 200 words by March 20th to: firstname.lastname@example.org