The capacity of language both to communicate truth and to manipulate perceptions of it was as vexed a problem during the Middle Ages and Renaissance as it is today. From Augustine to Erasmus, enthusiasm for the study of rhetoric was accompanied by profound concern with its capacity to mask the difference between authenticity and deceit, revelation and heresy, truth and truthiness. Responding to our current era when public figures aim to create effects of immediacy and authenticity, the 26th Biennial Conference of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program looks at the history of debates about rhetoric and, more generally, about the presentation of transparency and truthfulness. Plenary speakers include Lorna Hutson and Dyan Elliott.
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