049. Renaissance Outsiders: Studies in Radical Self-Identity in Early Modern Art and Culture

S. Schillinger (English)
Full Course -- 4 Credits
Fall Semester  FYSP 049-01  MWF 9:00-9:50
Fall Semester  FYSP 049-02  MWF 10:00-10:50

In ways that are often tumultuous or simply bizarre, selfhood changes in the Renaissance. Interestingly, while many of the changes in the period help form the modern world and modern values, Renaissance culture sometimes seems perplexing and uncanny in its distance from our own habits of thought. In studying many wonderfully weird cases in this changing sense of selfhood we will examine some of the unique literature, art and culture from early modern England and Europe, exploring both our relationship to the period as well as our distance. We will read a diverse group of texts, examining not only how writers and artists understood their world, but also how common (if strange and atypical) people experienced and represented an altering landscape of self-definition. Indeed, doing so will have us considering materials ranging from Inquisition records to portrait paintings, from scientific philosophy to radical peasant songs.