It may seem anachronistic to speak of "early modern psychoanalysis." Although psychoanalytic theory ranges over a long span of literature for inspiration, the theories themselves originate in modernity and post-modernity. One of the limitations of psychoanalytic readings of early modern literature is that the paradigms are alien to the intellectual culture being interpreted. More recently, increased funding for interdisciplinary work in the history of science and the humanities has begun to generate scholarship illustrating theories of human behavior and desire indigenous to the early modern period. This panel will draw together papers that combine scholarship in science and medicine from the early Renaissance to the Baroque (c. 1400 to 1650) to illustrate theories of psychology and use them as interpretive tools for contemporary literature or art. Papers in any European tradition are welcome as long as they focus on theories and literary texts or pieces of art from 1400-1650.
Please submit your paper proposal by 6 June to Jeffrey Weiner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals must include the following:
- your name, affiliation, email address
- a paper title (15-word maximum)
- abstract (250-word maximum) abstract guidelines
- a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted. CV guidelines and models.