The Renaissance in Italy

The Renaissance in Italy : A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento

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This book offers a rich and exciting new way of thinking about the Italian Renaissance as both a historical period and a historical movement. Guido Ruggiero's work is based on archival research and new insights of social and cultural history and literary criticism, with a special emphasis on everyday culture, gender, violence and sexuality. The book offers a vibrant and relevant critical study of a period too long burdened by anachronistic and outdated ways of thinking about the past. Familiar, yet alien; pre-modern, but suggestively post-modern; attractive and troubling, this book returns the Italian Renaissance to center stage in our past and in our historical more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 33 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • 1139025910
  • 9781139025911

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'A master historian of the Renaissance offers us a fascinating new means of understanding and appreciating Italy's cultural development in the period between the ancient and the modern world. This is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students across the disciplines as well as travelers off to explore the wonders of Italian civilization.' Joanne M. Ferraro, San Diego State University, and author of Venice: History of the Floating City 'At a moment when many social and cultural historians have turned away from the very idea of the Italian Renaissance altogether or, at most, reduced it to an elitist movement, Ruggiero's bold new synthesis calls on all of us to reconsider. Perhaps it still does make sense to think of the Renaissance as a decisive moment in the making of modern and even postmodern culture.' John Jeffries Martin, Duke University 'The most imaginative and compelling survey of the Italian Renaissance available now. Lively, informed and thought-provoking, it presents the newest research and the best of current approaches to literature and culture in a very readable style by a master historian at the top of his game.' Nicholas Terpstra, University of Torontoshow more

About Guido Ruggiero

Guido Ruggiero is College of Arts and Sciences Cooper Fellow and Professor of History at the University of Miami. As an author, editor and translator, he has published more than two dozen books on the Renaissance and related topics including, most recently, Machiavelli in Love: Sex, Self, and Society in Renaissance Italy (2007) and The Blackwell Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance (2002). His articles have appeared in many journals, including The American Historical Review, The Journal of Social History, Viator, The Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Science, Xin shehui shi (New Social History), Studi storici and Quaderni storici. He has also published numerous essays and articles in edited volumes. Ruggiero has won a number of fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship; two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships; several Delmas Foundation, Orowitz and Taft Fellowships; as well as an ACLS Fellowship. He is an elected member of the Ateneo Veneto and has been a Fellow or Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Harvard's Villa I Tatti in Florence and the American Academy in more

Table of contents

1. Legitimacy: a crisis and a promise (c.1250-c.1340); 2. Civilt...: living and thinking the city (c.1300-c.1375); 3. Plague: death, disaster, and the rinascita of civilt... (c.1325-c.1425); 4. Violence: social conflict and the Italian Hundred Years War (c.1350-c.1454); 5. Imagination: the shared primary culture of the early Rinascimento (c.1350-c.1475); 6. Courts: princes, aristocrats, and quiet glory (c.1425-c.1500); 7. Self: the individual as a work of art (c.1425-c.1525); 8. Discovery: finding the old in the new (c.1450-c.1560); 9. Re-dreams: virtu, saving the Rinascimento, and the satyr in the garden (c.1500-c.1560); 10. Reform: spiritual enthusiasms, discipline, and a church militant (c.1500-c.1575); 11. Retreat: the great social divide and the end of the Rinascimento (c.1525-c.1575).show more

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