[Milton-L] CFP RSA 2010: Milton in Italy

kimberly johnson kimberly.johnson71 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 20 14:13:19 EST 2009

The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites papers for a proposed session on Milton and Italy, to be held at the 2010 RSA conference in Venice, Italy. 

The proposed session aims to explore the political, artistic, and epistemological effects of Milton's 1638-9 travels through Italy. Milton's journey made him the acquaintance of such figures as the Vatican's librarian, the grammarian Benedetto Buonmattei, Venetian scholar and papal critic Fra Paolo Sarpi, and Galileo, and exposed the emerging political thinker to new modes of civic governance. Barbara Lewalski has noted that "[t]he Venice Milton visited was the most tolerant state in Italy," one which had resisted many of the censorious acts of the Inquisition. We invite paper abstracts (200 words) on any aspect of Milton's response to the philosophy, literature, culture, or religion of Italy. 

Paper proposals (250 word maximum) and a brief c.v. should be sent to kimberly.johnson71 at gmail.com, by no later than March 31, 2009. Please label e-mail subject as "Milton in Italy." 
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