CFP: Christian Epics in Renaissance Italy
Renaissance Society of America (RSA), New York City, 27-29 March†2014
Deadline: May 20, 2013
Studies of Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata have dominated the landscape of Christian epic in Renaissance Italy . There were, however, many more; poemsóboth in Latin and Italianó that combined Christian material with the epic form such as Iacopo Sannazaro's De Partu Virginis, Marco Girolamo Vida's Christiade, Erasmo di Valvasone's Angeleida and Lucrezia Marinella's La Colomba Sacra.
This panel seeks to explore questions arising from this genre. Did the more popular vernacular epics of the late sixteenth-century exhibit different fromal characteristics from their Latin predecessors? How does this genre transform our current understanding of Counter-Reformation culture? Did Christian epic provide different models of heroism than its secular counterparts? How are the gender dynamics at play in these poems different from other contemporary narrative poetry?
Papers may examine any aspect of Christian epic produced in Italy from 1480-1650. Papers are also welcome that discuss the relationship of Christian epic poetry with the visual arts, with Counter-Reformation political theory or with contemporary changes to church doctrine.
Please submit an abstract (max 150 words) and a brief CV to Bryan Brazeau firstname.lastname@example.org, by May 20, 2013. Speakers will be notified by May 30th.
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