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Committee for Renaissance Studies


Marina S. Brownlee

Executive Committee

Leonard Barkan, Comparative Literature 

Marina S. Brownlee, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature 

Pietro Frassica, French and Italian 

Anthony T. Grafton, History 

Wendy Heller, Music 

Thomas Kaufmann, Art and Archaeology 

Christopher Petty Heuer, Art and Archaeology 

Eileen A. Reeves, Comparative Literature 

François P. Rigolot, French and Italian 

Gideon A. Rosen, Philosophy, ex officio 

Nigel Smith, English 

At Princeton, Renaissance studies is a cross-disciplinary association under the general auspices of the Council of the Humanities. There is a standing interdepartmental committee of faculty members and a number of recognized graduate student organizers. We seek to foster interdisciplinary discussion and cooperation among members of the University engaged in the study of early modern culture in Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Americas, as well as elsewhere. We help maintain Princeton's traditional strength and high standing in this field, and we encourage innovative developments in it. There is an unusually rich array of specialists in early modern history, history of science, English and Continental literatures, history of art and architecture, music, and philosophy. There is also wider representation from other fields among those related to Renaissance studies. This gives us a broad forum for discussion of research in progress by faculty members, graduate students, visiting scholars, and members of the Institute for Advanced Study.

In addition to a program of public lectures, conferences, and symposia--designed in collaboration with other departments and programs -- we sponsor the Renaissance and Early Modern Colloquium, a biweekly discussion group organized by advanced graduate students across disciplines. We also sponsor panel sessions at the Renaissance Society of America's annual conventions, and we facilitate the use of regional facilities for early modern study, such as the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.

A list of undergraduate courses in Renaissance studies may be found on the committee's website.