May 30 Michael Ursell: “Surviving Humanism: Petrarchan Autobiography and Ecology”

May 30 Michael Ursell: “Surviving Humanism: Petrarchan Autobiography and Ecology”

While critics have dismissed an image of the Renaissance humanist Petrarch as a nature lover, this talk reconsiders a poetics of the living in his work. Professor Ursell looks at how Petrarch’s “life writing” and “life reading” have been understood in relation to global ecology and world literature.

Michael Ursell is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Literature at UCSC.