Thursday, October 31, 2013

Renaissance Judgment: Key Readings

Hello, everyone. If you encounter readings, primary or critical, that address Renaissance judgment in interesting ways, feel free to post them here so we all have the opportunity to take a look (just click the pencil icon below to edit post). I'll start with two recent pieces by our Respondent, Richard Strier.

“Against Morality: from Richard III to Antony and Cleopatra ,” in Richard Strier, The Unrepentant Renaissance: from Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), 98-149.

Richard Strier, “Shakespeare and Legal Systems: The Better the Worse (but Not Vice Versa),” in Bradin Cormack, Martha C. Nussbaum and Richard Strier, eds., Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation Among Disciplines and Professions (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013), 174-200.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Seminar Description

Judgment is both a concept and a practice. It is fundamental to law as well as religion, and it is a key term in the development of aesthetics and the discourse of sociality. As such, judgment has a remarkably vibrant intellectual history. The basic premise of this seminar is that the theater of Shakespeare and his contemporaries occupies an important position within that intellectual history, that early modern plays and the institution of theater have compelling things to tell us about judgment, and that, conversely, judgment offers an illuminating framework for thinking about a variety of early modern plays. The audience for this seminar is broad since judgment stands at the intersection of several different strands of early modern intellectual culture, including law, religion, ethics, literary criticism, and rhetoric. It will also appeal to philosophically and theoretically inclined scholars, especially those interested in Hannah Arendt. Arendt explored the topic of judgment in various ways throughout her career and lectured on Kant’s Critique of Judgment at the University of Chicago and the New School for Social Research. The aim of the seminar will be to map out the relationship between early modern theater and the intellectual history of judgment through a variety of case studies. Papers are invited on a range of topics. These might include: courtroom scenes; judges and judge-figures; justices of peace and juries; judgment and theatrical spectatorship; theater and the development of literary criticism; judgment and the prehistory of taste; the legal history of judgment; divine judgment; skepticism and other intellectual contexts; judgment and evidence; theological considerations; judgment and sociality; modern philosophical perspectives; medieval inheritances; the rhetoric of judgment.