Department of Music

Theorizing Renaissance Humanists as Intellectuals
Renaissance Society of America
New York, March 2004


Renaissance Society of America annual conference, New York City, March
25-27, 2004.

Proposed Panel: Theorizing Renaissance Humanists as Intellectuals

     Traditional scholarship of the Renaissance has examined Italian
humanism and its later development in Northern humanism by focusing on the
growth of lay intellectuals as a distinguishing feature of the fourteenth
and fifteenth centuries. While a no doubt useful category, can adjectives
other than "lay" or "secular" be applied to the period's writers and
thinkers? To what extent can a term like "public intellectual," usually
reserved for figures in the European Enlightenment and afterwards, be
employed as a heuristic device? Is it possible to speak of a "public
sphere" before the invention of printing, or is it possible to adapt
Edward Said's concept of the "opposition intellectual" to the period of
Italian humanism? While not limited to Italian humanism, preference will
be given to papers that address this topic in the time frame of 1300-1500.

     Please send by e-mail abstracts of papers that engage this topic to:

Scott Blanchard
Dept. of English
College Misericordia