Reconsidering the Sources of the Self in the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Periods
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gur Zak is a Senior Lecturer of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has been teaching since 2009. He completed his PhD a year beforehand at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. His primary research interest lies in the interrelations between literature and ethics in the later Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance, with a particular emphasis on the works of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. His book Petrarch’s Humanism and the Care of the Self was published by Cambridge UP. He is currently working on two book-length projects, the one dealing with consolation in the works of Boccaccio and the other with the implications of compassion in Italian Renaissance literature. He has published articles on medieval and Renaissance literature in journals such as Speculum, MLN, and I Tatti Studies, and has contributed chapters to The Cambridge Companion to Petrarch, The Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio, and The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature. Besides his work on Italian Renaissance Literature, he is interested in the theory and practice of autobiography from antiquity to the present.
Presentation title: Revisiting the Renaissance Self: Autobiography and Self-Care in Italian Humanism