Global Humanities Junior Research and Teaching Stay at the Johns Hopkins University
August - October 2015
The Vicarious in Early Modern Drama
Part of DramaNet at FU Berlin, DS Mayfield’s research project aims to achieve an effectual symbiosis between the synthetic approach of (literary, philosophical, political) anthropology and the inductive method of close readings. This study’s focal point is the anthropological constant of the vicarious, its variants and derivatives, and specifically its manifestations in Early Modern European drama—with particular attention to Italian, Spanish, and English drama.
DS Mayfield studied American, English, and Spanish Literature at Würzburg, and Comparative Literature at Berlin and Cambridge. An alumnus of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School at Freie Universitaet Berlin, he is a member of the DramaNet project at present. A book with the title Artful Immorality. Cynicism in Machiavelli, Gracián, Diderot, Nietzsche is forthcoming in 2015.