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Loving Violence in early modern Hispanic poetry

Posted By Nicole D. Legnani, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

At its philological core, Renaissance humanism both professed a “loving violence” towards Antiquity and also loved violence itself. As Eugenio Garin explains, Renaissance philology could best be characterized as an othering process or “loving violence” that deadened Antiquity so that “a whole world closed up; and it was rediscovered at the very point where it was most closed.” Or in Thomas Greene’s formulation, the Renaissance walked with its path lit “by the light behind of a vast holocaust:” the fire that destroyed Troy, the “light in Troy” which had illuminated Aeneas’s course for a new empire.

We seek papers on early modern Spanish and Portuguese poetry that explore “loving violence,”  understood as both the love of violence as well as that violence performed “lovingly,” be it of Antiquity, of the Castilian tradition, or of the poetic speaker’s Beloved, etc. The epic genre elicits violence in various forms (discursive, representative, symbolic, material, etc.), while love lyric is animated by a desire that, as Roland Greene and others have argued, is akin to Spain’s colonial desire.

Please send proposals (250 words and 5 to 10 keywords) and a 2-page CV to and by Friday, May 26, 2017.

Tags:  antiquity  early modern Spanish poetry  epic  Latin American Colonial literature  love  lyric  philology  violence 

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