How to teach the Renaissance in the light of postmodern theory? Clearly there is more at stake than simply co-opting postmodern concepts, or framing 'the Renaissance' in terms of the formation of modernity and its fragmentation in the postmodern situation. The textuality of history, the historicity of reading, the anxiety of influence, the unpopularity of canonical literature, the contexture of subject positions---all inform an approach to such an endeavour. New historicism, cultural poetics, materialist feminism, women's history, provide ideologies, conceptual frameworks. What of the mode of discourse?