December 26, 2019

In July 2021 I'll be co-directing a seminar at the World Shakespeare Congress in Singapore with my colleague David Goldstein (York University, Canada), It's called "Renaissance Prehistories of Taste." Here's our description: 

“Taste” denotes both a sensory response and a capacity for aesthetic discernment. The first use of the term has been with us for as long as humans have possessed tongues. The second is commonly thought to have emerged in the eighteenth century, as a signature element of enlightenment philosophy developed by Kant, Hume, Rousseau, and others. The point at which the two notions of taste meet constitutes the boundary, porous and shifting, where the body encounters culture. To discriminate among molecular compositions or artistic ones is to negotiate within a larger environment charged with risk. The English Renaissance has not typically been viewed as an important era in the history of taste, but this seminar starts from the basic premise that not only is early moderni...

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