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Renaissance and Baroque in Critical Theory

May 3, 2011

A panel to be held at the 5th Biennial conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies,
University of Manchester, July 9-11, 2012



Proposals are invited for papers making up a panel on representations and
appropriations of culture from the mid-1300s to the early 1700s by modern critical
theory. Taking ‘critical theory’ broadly to include all those writing in the wake of Marx, Nietzsche, Freud and feminism, this panel seeks discussions of its passing remarks (such as those by Nietzsche and Lacan), sustained analyses (Bakhtin, Foucault, Kristeva), and more multifarious appropriations (Deleuze’s baroque) on and of Renaissance texts, culture and terminology.
Other welcome topics include the relationship or tension between readings of the Renaissance by critical theory and other differently-motivated forms of scholarship (Benjamin and the Warburg Institute, for instance), and assessments of the intervention critical theory can make in the situation of the study of the Renaissance today, or indeed, vice versa.

Applications of around 400 words should be sent to James Smith at
renaissance.drama@manchester.ac.uk by 01/09/11.
For further information about attending the SRS conference in 2012:
http://www.rensoc.org.uk/SRSNationalConference2012.htm
For further information on ‘Renaissance and Baroque in Critical Theory’ at the SRS
conference 2012:
http://manchester.academia.edu/JSmith

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