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Fiona McIntosh

Figures and figurations of power 5th-6th November 2009

In De Re Publica Cicero founds the commonwealth on the people’s consent.
By this definition, the crux of political action lies both on the
necessary acceptance of power and on the means to obtain such acceptance.
How can such compliance be expressed? How can it be established through a
symbolic representation in the arts and the Belles lettres? From the 12th
century in Portugal to the 16th century in France, the lay power was built
in Europe in opposition to the religious power and was based on the
development of vernacular tongues adverse to Latin. Princes and kings
called writers to their service in order to develop these new manners of
speech and to mirror their strength and their glory through these literary
achievements. Thanks to the addresses to the monarch, to the miroirs des
princes and the mythical representations, the authors and the artists
brush an ideal picture of the rule, which can also be expressed by
pageantry, music, iconography, architecture and by luxury and display
(book of hours, jewellery, tapestries, haute couture). Patronage becomes a
means to establish the rule of the powerful few and to assert their rank
and to extol the values of the nobility (liberality and largess). Thus,
the writer becomes a necessary tool to record the glory of past feats and
to forge the rulers’ legend but at the same time, his prestige and his own
proper power to defy time change his status and enable him to partake of a
new aristocracy of letters.
The symposium is interdisciplinary and focused on the arts and the
literature from the medieval times to postmodern times. Contributions
showing the endurance of the phenomena in democratic societies (royal
patronage vs. modern forms of patronage, luxury, new mythologies and
symbols of power etc.) are most welcome. Propositions (circa 200 words)
will be sent to Professor Marie-Madeleine Castellani (marie- or to Dr. Fiona McIntosh-Varjabédian
( before the 28th Feb. 2009. The
symposium will be published. Some propositions will be selected for an on-
line publication (the selected articles for the on-line publication should
be completed before the 30th Oct. 2009

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