Conférence Studium : Renaissance views of the Medieval vernacular tradition

Date: 4 May 2017

Horaire: 16h00

Lieu: Tours, CESR - Salle RAPIN

Organisateur : Dr Maria Clotilde Camboni

Résumé : 

Renaissance views of the Medieval vernacular tradition. The lyrical past in Lorenzo the Magnificent's Florence

By Dr Maria Clotilde Camboni
The standard historical framework still widely used for European cultural history presents three periods: the classical antiquity, the “dark” Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. This trajectory influences the popular perception of our past, thus shaping our view of ourselves.
This standard framework is inextricable from a value judgement that can be traced back to the Renaissance intellectuals, whose attitude towards the culture of the past is nevertheless a contradictory one. The same past can be seen in different ways, with inconsistencies that are especially apparent when a revaluation of vernacular literature takes place.
After an overview of the issue, this lecture will present a case study. What happens when Lorenzo the Magnificent, the man «who contributed more than anyone to the flowering of Florentine genius during the second half of the 15th century», and other intellectuals of his entourage, extend their rediscovery of the past and their search of models to the lyrical vernacular tradition? To what degree were their assessments and the reasoning behind them, their view of the previous tradition, influenced by other viewpoints and shaped by what they were able to see?

You are invited to our next LE STUDIUM THURSDAY which will take place in Tours on Thursday 4th of May 2017.

Vous êtes invités à participer à notre prochain LE STUDIUM THURSDAY qui se déroulera à Tours le Jeudi 4 May 2017.

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