Richard Strier, the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English, has been awarded the 2011 Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for Literary Criticism for his book The Unrepentant Renaissance: From Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton.
From the University of Chicago Press:
The Unrepentant Renaissance counters the prevalent view of the period as dominated by the regulation of bodies and passions, aiming to reclaim the Renaissance as an era happily churning with surprising, worldly, and self–assertive energies. Reviving the perspective of Jacob Burckhardt and Nietzsche, Strier provides fresh and uninhibited readings of texts by Petrarch, More, Shakespeare, Ignatius Loyola, Montaigne, Descartes, and Milton. Strier’s lively argument will stir debate throughout the field of Renaissance studies.
This marks the second consecutive year that the prize has been awarded to a faculty member in the Division of the Humanities. Mark Payne received the 2010 award for his book The Animal Part: Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination.