Rethinking Early Italian Literature: The Hybrid Narrative of Love (March 15-18, 2011)

full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association, NeMLA
contact email: 
cmaierkapoor@pace.edu

This panel wishes to reassess, and bring to the fore, the important role of the love treatise within Renaissance literature. In fact, recent new studies show that the genre of the love treatise, situated within its own historical moment and cultural context, functioned as a unique hybrid text in which different traditions - literary, philosophical and medical- were elaborately intertwined to explain the genesis and anatomy of love. Thus, by undertaking a comparative study of the Renaissance love treatise, this panel will explore the varying discourses that once informed this hybrid genre. The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: Italian literature; Early Modern European discourses on love; intersection medicine and philosophy; courtly love tradition. Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Cecilia Maier-Kapoor (cmaierkapoor@pace.edu)before September 30, 2011. Also include your name, academic affiliation and contact information.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
medieval
renaissance
science_and_culture
theory