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565. What Is the Early Modern?

Saturday, 7 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Willow B, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Division on Sixteenth-Century French Literature and the Division on Seventeenth-Century French Literature

Presiding: Marcus Keller, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Ellen McClure, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

Speakers: Hall Bjornstad, Indiana Univ., Bloomington; Rivi Handler-Spitz, Middlebury Coll.; Kathleen P. Long, Cornell Univ.; Larry F. Norman, Univ. of Chicago; Jeffrey N. Peters, Univ. of Kentucky; Dora E. Polachek, Binghamton Univ., State Univ. of New York

Session Description:

Is it possible to identify certain epistemic, aesthetic, or ethical categories that can serve to characterize literary works across century borders? Does the idea of the early modern provide a useful frame for scholars today? This roundtable devoted to the question “What is the early modern?” invites scholars to reflect on their research and teaching practices.


  • French Literature – Medieval and Renaissance

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