Sisler Gives Paper at Renaissance Society of America Conference
By Holly Foster 315-859-4068
April 1, 2012
Mary Sisler, visiting assistant professor of Italian, presented a paper titled “Freedom and Imitation in Poggio Bracciolini’s Facetiae,” at the Renaissance Society of America Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 24.
Poggio Bracciolini was a Florentine Humanist from the period between 1380 and 1459 who worked as an apostolic secretary under several popes in the Papal Curia. He is perhaps best known for being a “Renaissance Book Hunter” rather than for his own literary works. Bracciolini’s Facetiae was a very popular book of jokes, witticisms and rather lewd and lascivious tales in the spirit of Boccaccio’s Decameron and other more classical models from the Roman era like Cicero. His name is becoming more familiar now that Stephen Greenblatt has written a new book about him titled The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.
The Renaissance Society of America is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of all aspects of the Early Modern period ranging from 1300-1650. It is based in New York City and it incorporates scholars from a wide range of backgrounds specializations.