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Petrarch on the Attack: Polemic and Invective

Posted By Maggie Fritz-Morkin, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This panel proposes to examine the themes, style, sources, and context of Petrarch's polemical works, with the aim of bringing new perspectives on Petrarch's political, autobiographical, and moral motivations.

Papers may address any aspect of Petrarchan polemic. Possible topics include: the aesthetics of vituperation, moral philosophy, classical and medieval sources, curial Avignon as civitas diaboli, Cretan themes and hellish labyrinths, repulsive bodies, poetic license, obscenity, censure and censorship, and attacks on public and private figures.

Presentations may be made in English (the primary language of the RSA) or in Italian. Please submit your paper proposal by June 6, 2017 to Maggie Fritz-Morkin ( and Teresa Caligiure (

Proposals should include the following information:

- Name, affiliation, and e-mail address

- Paper title (15-word maximum)

- Abstract (150-word maximum)

- Keywords

- Required A/V equipment

- Brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum)

Tags:  invective  Italy  Petrarch  polemic 

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