The Illyrian Renaissance: Literature in the European Borderlands
Ivan Lupić is Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. His most recent book, devoted to questions of counsel and subjectivity in early modern English drama, appears from the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2019 under the title Subjects of Advice: Drama and Counsel from More to Shakespeare. He has published widely in fields ranging from Shakespeare translation and contemporary reception to scribal culture, book history, and comparative literary studies.
The Illyrian Renaissance considers the construction of the European Renaissance from the perspective of the vernacular borderlands: on the one hand the lands along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, especially Venetian Dalmatia and the Republic of Ragusa, and on the other the British Isles. The aim of the project is to discover how cultural changes initiated in the Italian Peninsula enable dialogues across languages, and how some aspects of the Italian Renaissance can be rethought if considered from the multilingual perspective of the European borderlands. The project builds on fresh research conducted in multiple languages and across different kinds of archives. Founded upon a series of historically and culturally situated case studies devoted to different literary genres, The Illyrian Renaissance will provide a more integrated account of the European Renaissance as a transnational phenomenon.