Immagine e Forma nell'Estetica Barocca

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention, New Brunswick (NJ) April 7-10, 2011

This panel invites proposals for interdisciplinary papers focusing on the re-examination of the Baroque Aesthetics. The renewed interest in the 'emblemistica' and renovated interpretation of metaphor, along with the new sensibility inspired by the scientific discoveries of the 17th century, contributed to the development and re-thinking of the concepts of 'immagine' and 'forma' that have been at the center of a lively debate ever since. The complex nature of the Baroque lends itself to a multifaceted approach in the fields of Literature, Philosophy, Art History and Literary Criticism.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
1) Literature of the emblems
2) Treatises on 'arguzia'
3) Theories of metaphor
4) Deployment of iconic images in Poetry, Theater and Visual Arts
5) Images and allegories in Marino's Adone and La Galleria
6) Modern aspects of the Baroque
7) Metaphors and images in scientific treatises
8) Il "chiaroscuro"

Submission should be cut for presentation to a fifteen-minute presentation of the main argument (7-8 pages). Please send 500-word abstracts and a brief biography to Marino Forlino (