Kalamazoo 2011: "Rhetorical and Authoritative Uses of Aesthetics in Medieval Literature"

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Michael Elam / Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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This panel discussion will explore how aesthetics might be understood not only as an end in literary form/production, but also as a means by which medieval artists (poets, writers, illuminators, jewelers, smiths, etc.) attempted to establish a rhetorical or authoritative stance.

The session will examine aesthetics more as 'techne' than 'telos' (though not necessarily excluding the latter). I particularly seek contributions from scholars in areas outside of literary study, that is, from such disciplines as manuscript studies, art history, philosophy, and theology.

Presenters should present a brief (5-7 minutes) introduction of their work in this area. This will be followed by an open discussion between panel members and the audience.

Please send brief abstract (ca. 150 words) to melam@slu.edu