Yale For Life-Faculty Information for The Renaissance

Yale For Life
The Renaissance
May 31 - June 6, 2015
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Introducing our faculty
David Quint
David Quint is Yale's Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature and English. His fields of study include classical and Renaissance heroic poetry and their influence on the epics of Milton and Spenser, Renaissance Drama, and the literature and legacy of humanism. He teaches courses that look at the relationship of the literature and art of the Renaissance to its intellectual, social, and political contexts.
Professor Quint is particularly interested in the larger cultural meanings vested in literary and generic forms. Quint is the author of Origins and Originality in Renaissance Literature (1983); Epic and Empire (1993); Montaigne and the Quality of Mercy (1998); Cervantes's Novel of Modern Times (2003). He has translated The Stanze of Poliziano (1978) and Ariosto's Cinque Canti (1996); and Inside Paradise Lost (2014). He has published essays on Virgil, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Bruni, Castiglione, Flaubert, and Cervantes. He is the co-editor of Renaissance Theory/Renaissance Texts (1996).


Lawrence Manley
Lawrence Manley is Yale's William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, specializing in literature of the English and Continental Renaissance, theater studies and the history of literary criticism.
His writing and teaching have focused on the poetry, prose and drama of 16th - and 17th century Britain, with a particular emphasis on literature and society, theater history, intellectual history, and the classical foundations of the English literary and critical traditions.
Manley is the author of Literature and Culture in Early Modern London, and Convention, 1500-1750, which won the René Wellek Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is the editor of London in the Age of Shakespeare: An Anthology and a contributor to The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature and The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Drama.
Manley's current project, called Reading Repertory, examines Shakespeare's plays in relation to the non-Shakespearean plays in the repertories of the companies with which Shakespeare was associated.
A member of the Yale faculty since 1976, Manley has been director of undergraduate studies in English since 2004. He has also served as chair of the Renaissance Studies Program (1991-1998); director of graduate studies in the Renaissance Studies Program (1985-1986) and in the Department of English (1987-1990); and chair of the Theater Studies advisory board (2003-2005). Manley has also taught in the Yale-in-London program at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art in London.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Manley earned his master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. He has received numerous academic honors, including fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, Yale and the American Council of Learned Societies.
A frequent book reviewer for scholarly publications, Manley has lectured on 16th- and 17th century literature and culture at Yale's galleries and at international conferences. During the spring semester he will present a talk at a conference begin offered in conjunction with the exhibition Searching for Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Manley is an instrument-rated pilot and a faculty adviser to Yale Aviation, an independent, non-profit flying club and educational organization.
Professor Manley will join the Yale for Life partner, Yale Educational Travel, for the Treasures of Northern Italy trip that follows and optionally accompanies the Yale for Life: The Renaissance course in 2015.
Ayesha Ramachandran
Professor Ramachandran is the Yale Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, where she focuses on the literature and culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, primarily on Europe's relations with an expanding world. She previously taught at Stony Brook University and is a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.
Her research and teaching span a range of topics: the literature and cultural history of the European Renaissance; the history of science and technology (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries); cartography and literature; early modern empires and international law; and the history of philosophy. She has published articles on Spenser, Lucretius, Tasso, Petrarch, Montaigne, on postcolonial drama and on the history of religious fundamentalism. Her book, The World-Makers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe, forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press in November 2015, explores the reshaping of the concept of "world" and its implications for theories of modernity across a range of disciplines. She is currently at work on a new project entitled Between Epic and Lyric: Poetic Innovation in Early Modern Europe, which considers how hybrid, interconnected poetic genres capture the new relationship between individual selfhood and historical action in the sixteenth century.