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Frank Speech in Tudor Literature and Culture (SCRC 2014)
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Andrew Kranzman / Michigan State University
South Central Renaissance Conference
This panel examines how Tudor literature and culture links frank speech or "parrhesia" to self-deliberation and reflection. As Foucault observes in his lectures on parrhesia in antiquity (e.g., Fearless Speech, The Courage of Truth, The Government of Self and Others), frank speech broadly encompasses the act of speaking freely and clearly despite the possibility of danger or reprisal. While Foucault situates frank speech as an act confined to those possessing "specific personal, moral, and social qualities which grants them the privilege to speak," such as politically enfranchised citizens ("democratic parrhesia") or the sovereign’s counselor ("monarchical parrhesia"), it would behoove us to also consider how his lectures illuminate frank speech in domestic relationships. Although papers that examine parrhesia in regards to Tudor elites and court counselors are welcome, presentations that consider how Tudor literature and culture link frank speech to friendship, kinship, martial relationships, neighbors, masters and servants, as well as tutors and pupils are preferred.
Questions to consider include, but are not limited to:
How does Tudor literature, philosophy, theology, humanism, emblem books, etc., represent frank speech? According to these materials, when should one feel compelled to speak frankly and to whom? How does the era portray frank speech, first and foremost, as an act of internally speaking with or criticizing the self? How is frank speech seen as contributing to the formation of the ethical subject? How is frank speech seen as strengthening community?
Please submit 200-250 word abstract by October 27th to Andrew Kranzman firstname.lastname@example.org.
The convention will be held in Tucson, Arizona, April 3-5, 2014. For more information, visit the SCRC website: http://scrc.us.com