DALLAS — Clarks Summit resident W. Scott Blanchard, Ph.D., professor of English at Misericordia University, had two peer-reviewed articles published internationally in The European Legacy and New Literary History journals.
Blanchard has been an English professor at Misericordia since 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, and a doctoral degree from Columbia University, New York, New York. He has been published widely and has made numerous presentations in the fields of Italian humanism and European literature.
The European Legacy, a British journal, is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas. Blanchard’s article, “Leonardo Bruni and the Poetics of Sovereignty,’’ examines the oration, “Laudatio Florentinae Urbis,” which has stood at the center of discussions on the emergence of the modern republican state. His essay investigates changes contemplated in revisions to Florence’s judicial codes at the time of the oration’s composition.
Blanchard suggests when the two sources are compared, “Bruni’s oration appears as an ideological literary work that camouflages the actual historical and legal developments of Florence’s political life in the early 15th century.”
New Literary History is published by Johns Hopkins University Press and focuses on questions of theory, method, interpretation and literary history. His paper, “Forms of Power, Forms of Life: Agamben’s Franciscan Turn,’’ focuses on the economic and theological ideas that 13th century Spiritual Franciscans developed in relation to the pursuit of “the deepest form of poverty.’’