Conference on Reason, Reasoning, and Literature in the Renaissance

Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Friday, October 16, 1992 to Saturday, October 17, 1992

This conference sought to examine the prominent place of reason, or rational argumentation, in the literature of early modern France and Italy. Topics covered the aesthetics of polemical writing; reasoning and the formation of subjectivities; resistance to the rhetoric of persuasian; and the rationality of literary pleasure.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Service Culturel du Consulat Général de France à Chicago; and organized by Philippe Desan, University of Chicago; Ullrich Langer, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Tilde Sankovitch, Northwestern University.

Friday, October 16

Welcome and introduction

Richard H. Brown, The Newberry Library

Session 1

Chair: Tilde Sankovitch, Northwestern University

Reasoning with the Senses
John O’Brien, University of Liverpool (now at Royal Holloway, University of London)

Le raisonnement naturel
Marie-Luce Demonet-Launay, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand

Respondent: Marian Rothstein, Carthage College (now emerita)

Session 2

Chair: Philippe Desan, University of Chicago

En marge du vrai et du faux
André Tournon, Université de Provence Aix-Marseille

Respondent: Tom Conley, University of Minnesota (now at Harvard University)

Saturday, October 17

Session 3

Chair: Ullrich Langer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rhetoric and Reason of State: The Reception of Machiavelli
Victoria Kahn, Princeton University (now at University of California, Berkeley)

Reasoning Away Colonialism: Tasso and the Production of the Gerusalemme liberata
Jane Tylus, University of Wisconsin-Madison (now at New York University)

Aristotelian Hierarchy and the Simplicity of the World in Ambroise Paré’s Monstres et prodiges
George Hoffman, Boston University (now at University of Michigan)

Respondent: Janet Levarie Smarr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (now at University of California, San Diego)

Session 4

Chair: Colette Winn, Washington University in Saint Louis

Dialogical Argument: Scripting Rhetoric
Jean-Claude Carron, University of California, Los Angeles

La règle de la non-contradiction et la literature française à la Renaissance
Jan Miernowski, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Respondent: Michael Murrin, University of Chicago

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