Radical Renaissance Writers
What does it mean to be a radical thinker or writer? What do they have in common? Be prepared to shift your perspective on the past and present in this pioneering course from our Challenge the Canon series. Perfect for anyone interested in Classics, English, Philosophy, History and Italy during the Renaissance. This course is held online and consists of pre-reading worksheets including primary sources and activities (approx. 1 hour of independent study per week) and an interactive seminar each week.
Next Course: TBC
This short, 6-week course will delve into the fascinating work of six writers from the 'Renaissance' period (1400 - 1700) who challenged mainstream authorities during their lifetimes, with a focus on the relevance of their classical education(s). This course is unique because it brings together six inspiring thinkers - 4 women, 2 men - not commonly taught together, if taught at all. We will explore a fundamental question: how has a classical education been used to challenge injustice in society, the church and the state?
"Restoring radical writers to intellectual history"
On this flexible course, you will receive pre-reading activities each week (approx. 1 hour independent study) to warm up your ideas prior to a 1-hour on-demand lecture. Over six weeks, you will have the opportunity to: discover new authors and texts; appreciate and learn from the argumentation strategies used by each individual; explore how they engage with classical authors and ideas in their work; consider the impact of their writing during their lifetime and beyond; situate the texts within their historical and political context; use the selected extracts as prompts to think about the Renaissance and what it means to be a 'radical' thinker today.
Each week will focus on a different author and selected extracts in English translation from their work(s), including:
Nov 2: Christine de Pizan, who wrote The Book of the City of Ladies
Nov 9: Isotta Nogarola, who wrote a dialogue defending Eve from 'original sin'
Nov 16: Girolamo Savonarola, who denounced clerical corruption and called for a Christian renewal
Nov 23: Bartolomé de las Casas, who challenged the notion of natural slavery
Nov 30: Tullia D'Aragona, who wrote a dialogue on the nature of love
Dec 7: Arcangela Tarabotti, who wrote against the practice of enforced monastic enclosure
Lead tutor: Florence
6-week course | Full Fee: £125
Application status: Closed
How to Apply
1. Enrol on your chosen course by purchase made via the store
2. Wait for your place confirmation email
3. Receive your Pre-class tasks for Week 1
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