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Renaissance thanatographies

Posted By Jessica L. Wolfe, Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Renaissance Thanatographies: tales of dying in early modern literary culture

Sponsored by the Discipline of Comparative Literature

Renaissance poets and philosophers, much like their classical predecessors, meet with their death in some strange and humorous ways: falling tortoises, riddles and love philtres, too much laughter, or wine, or serenading by a Thracian flute-girl. How can we make sense of the enduring appeal of these Thanatographies in a Renaissance literary and philosophical culture? What kind of literary or philosophical significance might attach to specific narratives of ridiculous or outlandish deaths?

Individual paper proposals, 150 words maximum, sought on narratives of odd, outlandish, or eerily apropos deaths. Please send abstract and a 1-page, abbreviated CV to Jessica Wolfe ( by June 4.

Tags:  biography  Death  philosophy  poetry 

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