The Fiftieth Season of the TORONTO RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION COLLOQUIUM
Founded by Natalie Zemon Davis and James K. McConica in 1964
Prof. Mary Watt (University of Florida)
“Shipwrecks, Islands, Magic, and Marvel: Renaissance Responses to the New World Project”
Monday, 2 February 2015, 4:00 pm
Senior Common Room, Victoria College
91 Charles Street West, University of Toronto
Exploring the impact of contact with America on Renaissance writers, the talk explores how this newly discovered paradise, figured as a garden of earthly delights, provided an opportunity to imagine starting over and healing the wounds of Eden in order to create both a new life and a better world.
Mary Watt is Associate Professor of Italian and Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Florida. Her areas of specialization include medieval and Early Modern Italian literature. Her current book project, Prophecies of Paradise focuses on the literary and cultural influences that informed the Age of Discovery and literary responses to the New World project.
This lecture is presented in partnership with the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria College.