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A Protean Renaissance: mutability as aesthetic and philosophical practice in the early modern Atlantic.

Posted By Luis Rodriguez Rincon, Monday, May 09, 2016
Updated: Monday, May 09, 2016

No word quite describes the singularity of the Renaissance and its artifacts like Protean. Mutability in its many guises (from Self-Fashioning to relativism) has long been at the heart of critical appraisals of the period. Frequently ignored though is the catalyzing effect the ocean had producing Protean transformations in art and technology. From changes in social institutions to technical and cartographic revolutions, the ocean is squarely at the center of the Renaissance as a period of flux. Why was Proteus, following A. Bartlett Giamatti, the touchstone figure of the period? How was mutability in its many avatars (metamorphosis, flux) conceived of as an aesthetic and philosophical practice in such a climate? How can we come to better understand the relation between the ocean and cultural production? This panel invites papers from literary scholars, art historians, and social scientists interested in the idea of a Protean Renaissance as more than a commonplace.

Please send to the session organizers, Luis Rodríguez Rincón (luisrr@stanford.edu) a proposal that includes: a) your name and affiliation, b) your paper title c) an abstract (max 300 words), and d) a brief CV (max 300, formatted in list/bullet-point form) by May 28th. 

Tags:  aesthetics  epic poetry; lyric poetry; protean;  Mediterranean  metamorphosis  mutability  ocean 

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