The English Baroque: Style in 17th-Century Art and Verse
Hudson Vincent is a PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature Department at Harvard University, where he is working on a dissertation tentatively titled “The English Baroque: Style in Renaissance Prose and Verse.” He received his B.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research languages include Italian, French, Spanish, Latin, and Greek, and his research interests cover early modern literature, aesthetics, philosophy, and science; the Renaissance; the Baroque; and classical literature.
My project focuses on the baroque style of early modern Italian prose and poetry. The first part of the project entails a re-evaluation of early modern treatises on the visual arts, poetry, and science to develop a panaesthetic theory of baroque style. My aim is to find a syncretism of conceptual vocabulary across the domains of architecture, optics, philosophy, and poetry. Relevant texts include Vincenzo Scamozzi’s L’Idea dell’architettura universale, Galileo Galilei’s Dialogo sopra I due massimi sistemi del mondo, Athanasius Kircher’s Obeliscus Pamphilius, and Emanuele Tesauro’s Il Cannocchiale aristotelico. I am eager to explore whether a consistent vision of the world – a style of vision – exists across the arts and sciences during the 17th century, and to what extent we can understand that style as a distinct stage in the reception of Greco-Roman texts during the Italian Renaissance. The second part of the project consists of closely reading Italian and Neo-Latin poetry to trace the emergence of a baroque verse style in Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries. I’m particularly interested in developing a stylistic analysis of the poetry of Giambattista Marino.