Ceremony and Text in the Renaissance
Thomas M. Greene, Yale University
This seminar considered implications for Renaissance literary works of the changing status of ritual and ceremony during the early modern period. The discussion focused on specific texts dealing with ecclesiastical and civic ritual, as well as others drawn from the literary canon. Since ceremonial symbolism was explicitly placed in question during this period, the seminar analyzed the meaning of the resulting conflicts as well as the complex interaction of this drama with literary history. Literary texts relevant to this question include works by Dante, Boccaccio, Erasmus, Rabelais, Ronsard, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Cervantes.
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