565. What Is the Early Modern?
Wednesday, 7 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Willow B, Sheraton
Program arranged by the Division on Sixteenth-Century French Literature and the Division on Seventeenth-Century French Literature
Presiding: Marcus Keller, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Ellen McClure, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
Speakers: Hall Bjornstad, Indiana Univ., Bloomington; Rivi Handler-Spitz, Middlebury Coll.; Kathleen P. Long, Cornell Univ.; Larry F. Norman, Univ. of Chicago; Jeffrey N. Peters, Univ. of Kentucky; Dora E. Polachek, Binghamton Univ., State Univ. of New York
Is it possible to identify certain epistemic, aesthetic, or ethical categories that can serve to characterize literary works across century borders? Does the idea of the early modern provide a useful frame for scholars today? This roundtable devoted to the question “What is the early modern?” invites scholars to reflect on their research and teaching practices.
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