Spinoza's Tragic Resources

Lecture | March 13 | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Russ Leo

 Department of English

Sponsors: Department of English; Townsend Center for the Humanities; Program in Critical Theory; Medieval Philosophy Working Group;The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Russ Leo is an Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University. He has a PhD from Duke University, with certificates in Feminist Studies and Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is completing his first book, Tragedy as Philosophy in the Reformation World: The Time of Cruel Miracles In chapters on John Foxe, Shakespeare and Milton as well as lesser known but central figures like David Pareus, John Rainolds, and Daniel Heinsius, he argues that keen attention to early modern drama and poetics is absolutely crucial to our understanding of the long Reformation, and that tragedy in particular emerges as a privileged site for theological and philosophical inquiry.

 kschramm@berkeley.edu