Frank Speech in Tudor Literature SCRC 2014 [UPDATE]

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South Central Renaissance Conference
April 3-5 2014, Tucson, Arizona

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 contends that frank speech is an act confined to those possessing "specific personal, moral, and social qualities which grants them the privilege to speak," such as politically enfranchised citizens (what he terms "democratic parrhesia") or the sovereign's counselor (i.e., "monarchical parrhesia"), it would behoove us to consider how his lectures also illuminate frank speech in other domestic relationships. Although papers that examine parrhesia in regards to Tudor elites and court counselors are most 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 November 27th to Andrew Kranzman

The convention will be held in Tucson, Arizona, April 3-5, 2014. For more information, visit the SCRC website: