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Flavia De Nicola deposited Nuove acquisizioni sulla prima attività romana di Michelangelo Buonarroti connessa con l’Umanesimo dei Pomponiani in the group The Renaissance Society of America on Humanities Commons 4 days, 20 hours ago
Young Michelangelo Buonarroti’s experience was deeply marked by his cult of Antiquity, reverberated in the creation of artworks such as the Sleeping Cupid and the Bacchus and shared with Raffaele Riario and Jacopo Galli, his patrons during his first stay in Rome (1496-1501). The cardinal-camerlengo Raffaele Riario was an important promoter of t…[Read more]
Flavia De Nicola deposited Equus infoelicitatis: analisi iconografica di una xilografia dell’Hypnerotomachia Poliphili fra testo e immagine in the group The Renaissance Society of America on Humanities Commons 4 days, 20 hours ago
The peculiar iconography of the winged horse surmounted by several puttos, as appears in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili sixth woodcut, turns out to be unprecedented and enigmatic at a glance and it’s the result of the depth and complexity of the author’s concepts. Considering the iconographic details of the sculptural group as well as the text sca…[Read more]
Cristina León Alfar deposited Women and Shakespeare’s Cuckoldry Plays: Shifting Narratives of Marital Betrayal in the group The Renaissance Society of America on Humanities Commons 3 weeks, 2 days ago
How does a woman become a whore? What are the discursive dynamics making a woman a whore? And, more importantly, what are the discursive mechanics of unmaking? In Women and Shakespeare’s Cuckoldry Plays: Shifting Narratives of Marital Betrayal, Cristina León Alfar pursues these questions to tease out familiar cultural stories about female se…[Read more]
Alfar, Cristina León “Speaking Truth to Power as Feminist Ethics in Richard III.” Social Research: An International Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 3, Nov. 2019, pp. 789–819. (Available through ProjectMuse muse.jhu.edu/article/741025.)
This article studies the relationship between love and violence in Celestina. It departs from Octavio Paz’s essay La llama doble, in particular, the difference be- tween eroticism and love, and the acknowledgement of a dark and destructive side within sexual desire. It concludes that desire is the main driving force of the plot in Celestina and t…[Read more]
On September 30, 1567, members of the Protestant majority of Nîmes, led by many members of the présidial court, overthrew the Catholic town council. They arrested many leading Catholics, both laity and priests, who they felt perverted the word and will of God, and massacred an estimated one hundred of them; about one-third of the dead can be s…[Read more]
Review Essay on work (2004 to 2014) on French religious history, 1500-1650. The article discusses books including “Une concorde urbaine: Senlis au temps des réformes (vers 1520-vers 1580)” by Thierry Amalou, “Martyrs & Murderers: The Guise Family & the Making of Europe” by Stuart Carroll, and “Calvin” by Bruce Gordon, focusing on the relationship…[Read more]
In “Ending the French Wars of Religion,” Allan A. Tulchin considers why these sixteenth-century sectarian wars—eight of them—recurred over half a century and why they finally ended when they did. The existing literature emphasizes that the French state proved too weak to enforce order, and that each side believed itself favored by God, making…[Read more]
Analysis of medieval and Renaissance era French non-nuclear household systems. Shows that such arrangements were common, and occasionally consisted of same-sex unrelated male couples.
A study of the role of bishops at the royal Castilian court as independent ecclesiastical agents that uses the persecution of conversos as a case study.
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The belief that Francis Bacon was, from the start, a stalwart defender of royal absolutism has prevailed in scholarship despite occasional comments about Bacon’s pluralist or collaborative legal and political imagination. Building on recent revisionist work, this article questions the standard historiography. It argues that Bacon’s jur…[Read more]
The aim of this course is to explore the cultural constructions of gender and sexuality in the literature of Medieval and Renaissance Southern Europe. We will approach questions such as the status of women and the context of misogyny, the societal role of same-sex relations, the presentation and visualization of sexuality, desire and the body. We…[Read more]
371 is an introduction to canonical works of Early Modern Spanish. This semester, we take a novel approach to the reading and interpretation of masterpieces of Spanish literature to revisit the notion of canon, and to challenge standard disciplinary approaches that constrain Spanish and Portuguese within the boundaries of national literary and…[Read more]
Richard Freedman started the topic Welcome to the Renaissance Society of America Humanities Commons space! in the discussion The Renaissance Society of America on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
The Renaissance Society of America is the largest international learned society devoted to the study of the era 1300–1700. Founded in 1954, RSA has grown to include over 5,000 members around the world, encompassing a large array of disciplinary interests, from Art and Architecture, Literature, and History, to Humanism, the Islamic World, and M…[Read more]