National Endowment for The Humanities 2009 Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers,_Celestina_ and the Threshold of Modernity (July 6-August 7, 2009, University of Virginia, Charlottesville).During the five-week seminar fifteen colleagues from colleges and universities across the nation will explore a series of critical perspectives on _Celestina_, the late fifteenth-century Castilian work composed in dialogue dealing with love, religion, prostitution, witchcraft, money, and death. _Celestina_ is often seen as a work that marks the break in Iberia from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, yet just why this is so remains a matter of conjecture. The seminar will concentrate on _Celestina_, seeking to examine and debate just what in it is in fact medieval and what is modern, and why literary and cultural historians have been led repeatedly to characterize it as a liminal work situated at the threshold of early modernity. On a broader plane,the seminar will also examine and interrogate many of the basic statements and assumptions underpinning the notions of both “medieval” and “modern” in order to explore _Celestina_'s historical place in the context of these critical concepts. The five-week seminar offers a $3,800 stipend to all accepted participants.
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