Renaissance reading group

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A number of graduate students in the English department recently expressed the desire to bring faculty and graduate students together to discuss Renaissance texts and culture in a group setting as a way to encourage a sense of community and ongoing conversation, as well as to benefit collaboratively from each person’s specific expertise. Our hope is that this will lead to a fuller understanding of each reading, as our group hosts tenured faculty, lecturers, and graduate students in both medieval and Renaissance studies. The core group of Renaissance faculty are as follows: Dr. Robert Stillman, Dr. Elizabeth Jane Bellamy, Dr. Anthony Welch, and Dr. Heather Hirschfeld. Our group also benefits from the expertise of Dr. Randi Marie Aldicott and Dr. Samantha Murphy.

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Our wish is to focus on some important texts that are not often a part of graduate seminars and surveys. Our semester readings are organized, in some sense, according to genre. For the first semester, we are considering prose works. We hope to move from Mary Wroth’s Urania (our first reading) to selections from Renaissance philosophy, and on to other prose writers. In future semesters, we may focus on drama or poetry, etc.

Renaissance reading group meets in 1210 McClung two Wednesdays a month from 3:30 – 4:30. This schedule gives us seven meetings throughout the semester.

January 16 and 30,February 13 and 27, March 13, and April 10 and 24.

We may modify the schedule based on Marco or other department events. I am in the process of setting up a blackboard site to post readings and will add everyone in the reading group to this site once it is available. Send me an email at cmoody6@utk.edu if you have any particular questions or if you would like to be added to the site.
Jeff Moody

Jeff Moody

Jeff Moody (English) is a PhD student in Early Modern Studies. His research interests include Protestant Reformation theology and its influence on Renaissance literature, specifically the first generation reformers and 16th century works. He also researches various schools of literary criticism.

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