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RSCP. 83100 - Dialogue: The Uses of Humanism, GC: W, 4:15-6:15 p.m., Rm. TBA, 3/4 credits, Prof. Carroll, [ ] Cross listed with CL 80100

Beginning with Plato’s Symposium and Renaissance translations and adaptations of it, we will explore dialogue as both genre and mode of discourse, with late 20th and early 21st century theoretical readings from Bakhtin (Problems of Dostoyevsky’s Poetics, Rabelais and His World), Habermas (Theory of Communicative Action), and Agamben (State of Exception).  Following the trajectory of classical dialogue through its diverse iterations in the work of Cicero and Lucian, we will then read some early modern translations of their work. With this necessary classical foundation, we will consider perhaps the most famous dialogue of the Renaissance Castiglione’s Il Cortegiano and its translations. Examining what Walter Ong called "the decay of dialogue" in the late sixteenth century, we will consider such late Renaissance texts as Guazzo’s La civil conversatione and Spenser’s A View of the Present State of Ireland (a case of scribal publication) in relation to the emerging discipline of the self and the state. All texts will be read in original languages, but translations will be provided. There will be opportunities for work with digital manuscript versions of some texts for those who are so inclined.


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