North Central College
Pablo Maurette received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His background includes a BA in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires and an MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies from Royal Holloway College, University of London. His research focuses on the intersections between literature, aesthetics, and natural philosophy in the Renaissance, in particular with regards to the history of the senses. He is currently in the process of turning his dissertation into a book. The Sense of Touch in the Renaissance argues that touch, traditionally relegated to the last place in the hierarchy of the senses, acquires substantial epistemological, aesthetic, and moral prevalence in early modern discourse to the point that it becomes one of the foundations of a new cultural paradigm. Pablo's publications include an essay on the reception of Plato's Symposium in the sixteenth century (Renaissance Quarterly), a study of Lucretius's influence in Renaissance medicine (Sixteenth Century Journal), a translation of Porphyry’s allegorical treatise On the Cave of the Nymphs in the Odyssey into Spanish, a Spanish edition of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, as well as essays on Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, on the intersections between Mithraism and Neoplatonism, and on Thomas Hobbes’ translation of Thucydides’ History. His first book in Spanish, a collection of essays on the sense of touch in literature and philosophy titled El sentido olvidado: ensayos sobre el tacto (The Forgotten Sense: Essays on Touch), was published in 2015 and its second edition is due in September of 2016. An essay on the influence of Continental lyric poetry in Shakespeare’s early narrative poems is forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance.