SECOND MEETING OF THE
NORTH AMERICAN SECTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PLUTARCH SOCIETY
"Plutarch's Unexpected Silences"
15-18 May, 2019
HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE THEME
SECOND MEETING OF THE
NORTH AMERICAN SECTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PLUTARCH SOCIETY
"Plutarch's Unexpected Silences"
15-18 May, 2019
HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE THEME
SECOND MEETING OF THE
NORTH AMERICAN SECTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PLUTARCH SOCIETY
"Plutarch's Unexpected Silences"
15-18 May, 2019
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5/16/2019  |   4:30 PM - 5:00 PM   |  Hampton Inn Conference Room

“Chinese whispers: muffled noises and silences in the English 16th century reception of Plutarch”

Plutarch's work was disseminated in the vernacular in early 16th century France to a large extent as a political thinker offering special insights for rulers on the nature of public life with numerous maxims and exempla derived from the Lives. In contrast, Plutarch reception in England of the same period, until the famous work of Thomas North, was largely focused on his import as a moral thinker with limited resonance of the Lives. In this paper I document the distinctiveness of the English trajectory in relation to France and the relative silence of the tradition with regard to important aspects of Plutarch’s work. This paper is derived from a chapter of my manuscript devoted to a history of the reception of Plutarch in both France and England 1500-1800 with special reference to political thought and the theme of the ‘public’.

Rebecca Kingston (Primary Presenter), rebecca.kingston@utoronto.ca;
I am Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a Jackman Humanities Institute faculty fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year. I am a historian of political thought with two published monographs and four edited volumes as well as numerous articles. I am halfway through a manuscript studying Plutarch reception from 1500-1800 in France and England with special reference to the history of political thought and the theme of the public.

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