Proseminar: Poetry in Motion in Turn of the 17th Century English Emblem Books

Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, thousands of emblem books were published in Latin and vernacular languages across Europe. Adages and epigrams were combined with images to “quicken” the reading experience. The simplicity of the emblematic device allowed for a complex range of didactic, moral, intellectual, political, religious, esoteric, scientific, and medical topics. Because of the increased reliance on the relationship between image and text in contemporary society, the turn of the seventeenth century is receiving increased attention as the “Age of the Emblem.” By exploring theories of images and language, historical traditions of allegory and representation, Christian and pagan iconography, and newly developing print technologies, students who complete this course will become familiar with current trends in the field of emblem studies and emblematic texts in England and Europe around the turn of the 17th century.

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