Presentation by Janet Whatley
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 5:00 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library
How did news of the Americas reach Europe, and how was it received? How did Europeans try to understand peoples and societies that they had never encountered before?
Professor Whatley will talk about rare sixteenth-century editions of important books that informed and shaped the European imagination that are held by UVM Special Collections. These include works of the natural history and ethnography of Brazil and the diverse and conflicting narratives of the Spanish Conquest. Through these books, one can learn how Renaissance writers of various temperaments and religious allegiances recounted their experiences and interpreted the significance of the New World discoveries. Some of the books will be on display.
Janet Whatley taught French at the University of Vermont from 1973 to 2010. Her research interests include the literature of the Renaissance, New World exploration, and eighteenth-century women writers. She has written extensively about early European accounts of the New World, and in 1990 published an annotated translation of Jean de Lery’s History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil, a first-hand account of a 1556 Protestant mission to the New World. Whatley is also the author of There are No Letters like Yours: the Correspondence of Isabelle de Charrière and Constant d’Hermenches.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 656-2138.