MONDAY, November 28th Ryan Campagna, “A Soul Drowned in a Lump of Flesh”: Issues of Racial Formation in John Donne’s Natural Law and Cosmopolitanism

Please join the Renaissance Workshop
MONDAY, November 28th, when
Ryan Campagna 
PhD Candidate, English
University of Chicago
presents the paper
“‘A Soul Drowned in a Lump of Flesh’: Issues of Racial Formation in John Donne’s Natural Law and Cosmopolitanism”
MONDAY, November 28th
5:00-6:30pm 
 
Please note: There is no paper to be read in advance. This is an oral presentation that will be delivered at the beginning of the meeting. Discussion will follow. Light refreshments will be served.
If you would like to join our mailing list, please click here. We are committed to making our workshop accessible to all persons. Questions, requests, and concerns should be directed to Andrés Irigoyen  (airigoyen@uchicago.edu) or Sarah-Gray Lesley (sglesley@uchicago.edu).
Image: “The Chickahominy Become New Englishman,” from Johann Theodor de Bry’s America (Part X). London, 1619.

Monday, November 7th, Joshua Scodel

Please join the Renaissance Workshop
Monday, November 7th, when
Joshua Scodel 

Helen A. Regenstein Professor in English, Comparative Literature, and the College University of Chicago

presents sections from
Natural and Spiritual Lineages:  Races, Nations, and Group Relations in Paradise Lost.
MONDAY, November 7th 
5:00-6:30pm 
Rosenwald 405 
 
The paper, to be read in advance, has been distributed to the Renaissance Workshop mailing list and is available on our website here under the password “lineages.” Light refreshments will be served.
If you would like to join our mailing list, please click here. We are committed to making our workshop accessible to all persons. Questions, requests, and concerns should be directed to Andrés Irigoyen  (airigoyen@uchicago.edu) or Sarah-Gray Lesley (sglesley@uchicago.edu).

Monday, October 24th, Andrés Irigoyen, “The Genesis of Weariness in Paradise Lost”

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Monday, October 24th, when 
 
Andrés Irigoyen 
PhD Student, University of Chicago 
presents the paper 
 
The Genesis of Weariness in Paradise Lost 
MONDAY, October 24th 
5:00-6:30pm 
Rosenwald 405 
 
The paper, to be read in advance, has been distributed to the Renaissance Workshop mailing list and is available on our website here under the password “weary.” Light refreshments will be served. 
 
If you would like to join our mailing list, please click here. We are committed to making our workshop accessible to all persons. Questions, requests, and concerns should be directed to Andrés Irigoyen  (airigoyen@uchicago.edu) or Sarah-Gray Lesley (sglesley@uchicago.edu).

MONDAY, October 3rd, Joshua R. Held, Introduction from Reading Difference in Shakespeare’s Folio: Race, Gender, and Tragic Sympathy

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Monday, October 3rd, when

 

Joshua R. Held 

Chair and Associate Professor of English

Trinity International University

presents the

 

Introduction from Reading Difference in Shakespeare’s Folio: Race, Gender, and Tragic Sympathy 

Monday, October 3rd 

5:00-6:30pm 

Rosenwald 405

 

The paper, to be read in advance, has been distributed to the Renaissance Workshop mailing list and is available on this website under the password “folio.” Light refreshments will be served.

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Abstract from the author:

Some authors have recently attempted to defend Shakespeare from charges of racism, patriarchalism, and other cultural and ideological positions that were common in early modernity but that are particularly unsavory from the perspective of the twenty-first century. This kind of apologetic is especially critical in maintaining Shakespeare’s relevance amid widespread social movements such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, and scholarly movements such as Race B4 Race and Critical Race Theory. But however salutary such apologetical arguments may be, they might leave many wondering whether Shakespeare—perhaps the central canonical dead white male literary figure—can be so easily extricated from responsibility for problematic figurations of race, gender, and other human difference. I believe the impulse behind this Shakespearean apologetic needs to be further interrogated, and its logic grounded more firmly on the historical William Shakespeare, which I locate in the earliest printed texts of his plays.

 

The Introduction for my current book project, “Reading Difference in Shakespeare’s Folio,” initiates my thesis that the six Shakespearean plays printed first as quartos and then included among the tragedies of the 1623 First Folio—Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida, Hamlet, King Lear, and Othello—are changed in ways that modify the major emotions of pity and sympathy, in correspondence with different depictions of gender and race. The book goes on to argue more specifically that the Folio presents texts that are more proto-feminist and progressive in a portrayal of race. The Introduction locates Shakespearean tragedy within the book’s main issues: textual criticism, critical race studies, gender studies, and sympathy studies.

MONDAY, May 16th, Arthur Little, “Embattled Whiteness and the Humanist Academy in Jonson’s Masque of Blackness”


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Monday, May 16th, when

Arthur Little, Jr.
Associate Professor, English
UCLA
presents the paper:

 “Embattled Whiteness and the Humanist Academy in Jonson’s Masque of Blackness
Monday, May 16th
5:00-6:30pm
Rosenwald 405

The paper, to be read in advance, has been distributed to the Renaissance Workshop mailing list and is available on our website here under the password “white.” Light refreshments will be served.

If you would like to join our mailing list, please click here. We are committed to making our workshop accessible to all persons. Questions, requests, and/or concerns should be directed to Ryan Campagna (rcampagna@uchicago.edu) or Sarah-Gray Lesley (sglesley@uchicago.edu).