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Conference on Rethinking the Languages of Criticism in the French Renaissance

Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt

Thursday, April 12, 1984Friday, April 13, 1984
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Early Modern Studies Program

This working conference was designed to assess the present state of French Renaissance literary studies.


Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and organized by Marcel Tetel, Duke University.


Thursday, April 12


Welcome
Marcel Tetel, Duke University
John Tedeschi, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies (now Emeritus Distinguished Academic Librarian and Curator of Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Session 1


Prolégomènes aux methodologies employees pour l’étude des textes de la Renaissance
Robert Aulotte, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)


The Role of Literary History
Donald Stone, Harvard University (now emeritus)


Session 2: Reading Montaigne


Chair: Raymond La Charité, University of Kentucky


Conceptions of the Text and the Generation(s) of Meaning
Richard Regosin, University of California, Irvine


Pedagogical Graphiti and the Poetics of Conceit
Lawrence Kritzman, Rutgers University (now at Dartmouth College)


A Wonderfull, Vaine, Divers, and Wavering Subject
Steven Randall, University of Oregon


Session 3: Text and Image


Chair: Ilana Zinguer, University of Haifa


Text and Image: Nicholas of Cusa’s De Icona
Michel de Certeau, University of California, Davis


On a Tactic of Sixteenth-Century Literature
Tom Conley, University of Minnesota (now at Harvard University)


The Problematics of Parody: Rabelais and Michelangelo
François Rigolot, Princeton University


Two Literary Genres: The Emblem and the Joke
Barbara Bowen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (now professor emerita, Vanderbilt University)


Session 4: Rabelais and Feminism


Chair: Nancy Vickers, Dartmouth College (now president emerita, Bryn Mawr College)


Toward a Feminist Reading of Rabelais
Elizabeth Chesney Zegura, Duke University (now at University of Arizona)


Damning Haughty Dames: The Destruction of Petrarchan Topoi in Pantagruel xxi-xxiv
Carla Freccero, Dartmouth College (now at University of California, Santa Cruz)


Friday, April 13


Keynote Address


Recherches sur les fonctions épistémologiques d’une representation allégorique: L’exemple de l’apparition en Occident de l’allégorie de la Mort in squelette
Claude Blum, Université Paris X Nanterre


Session 5: History and Literature


Chair: Eric Cochrane, University of Chicago


Toward a Poetics of Culture
Stephen Greenblatt, University of California, Berkeley (now at Harvard University)


Renaissance Texts to the Historian’s Eye
Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University (now at University of Toronto)


Histoire et poétique: Vers une matrice du texte de la Renaissance
Michel Beaujour, New York University


Session 6: Literature and Rhetoric


Chair: Michel Dassonville, University of Texas at Austin


À quelle condition l’ancienne rhétorique peut-elle devenir un paradigm de recherché modern en literature?
Marc Fumaroli, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)


Strategies of Fluency in the Renaissance Text
Glyn Norton, Pennsylvania State University (now at Williams College)


Reading the Rhetoric of Genre in French Renaissance Poetry
George Joseph, Brandeis College (now at Hobart and William Smith Colleges)


Critiques paradigmatiques et lecture poétique
Jean-Claude Carron, University of California, Los Angeles


General discussion and closing remarks


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