ACMRS Distinguished Lecture in Renaissance Studies 2011

Commonplaces: Love and the Book Market in the 16th Century
The rise of a commercial market for vernacular books in the sixteenth century greatly facilitated the dissemination of various conflicting ideas about romantic love—ideas that continue to shape cultural notions about love to this day. In the early modern book market, the traditional notion that romantic love was an essentially aristocratic emotion, indicating nobility of spirit, was challenged by a paradigm that saw love as more universal, experienced by middling and common people as well as by the elite. There were debates over whether love was a negative or positive emotion; whether it was part of healthy life or a disease; whether it was a spiritual state or a physical urge. Though “falling in love” is often thought to be natural and unchanging, notions of what romantic love should be were learned from books and they spread as books spread. This lecture examines the treatment of love in four different types of texts: conduct books, philosophic treatises, model books of letters, and medical texts.
2011 ACMRS Distinguished Lecture in Renaissance Studies: Ian Moulton
Ian Frederick Moulton, Faculty Head of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication in the School of Letters and Sciences at ASU is a cultural historian and literary scholar whose research focuses on the representation of gender and sexuality in early modern literature, and primarily on the cultural history of gender and sexuality in the European Renaissance. Dr. Moulton has published on Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists, and also on the history of reading and the interaction between manuscript and print culture. He is an active member of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, serving on the Center's Advisory Board and chairing the editorial board for the book series Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
Please join us for the reception at 6:30PM before the lecture begins at 7:00PM.

Commonplaces: Love and the Book Market in the 16th Century

University Club, Heritage Room on the ASU Tempe Campus