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Renaissance Suppliants: Poetry, Antiquity, Reconciliation

Leah Whittington


This book studies supplication as a social and literary event in the long European Renaissance. It argues that scenes of supplication are defining episodes in a literary tradition stretching back to Greco-Roman antiquity, taking us to the heart of fundamental questions of politics and religion, ethics and identity, sexuality and family. As a perennial mode of asymmetrical communication in moments of helplessness and extreme need, supplication speaks to ways that people live together despite grave inequalities. It is a strategy that societies use to regulate and perpetuate themselves, to negoti ... More

Keywords: supplication, gesture, passions, politics, ethics, Renaissance, antiquity, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754442
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754442.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leah Whittington, author
Assistant Professor, Harvard University