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renaissance studies

A Local Habitation and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance

 
 
Author
Albert Russell Ascoli.
Publisher Fordham University  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780823234295
Pages/Publication Date 387/2011
Daedalus Item Code 64051
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Focusing on major writers and concerns in 14th- and 16th-century Italy, from Petrarch and Boccaccio to Machiavelli, Ariosto, and Tasso, the author of Dante and the Making of a Modern Author here examines the unstable boundaries between "history" and "literature," and by extension, between "reality" and "imagination." In a culmination of two decades of exploring key figures and questions that shaped the Renaissance, Albert Ascoli interprets how literary texts were influenced by and served the purposes of multiple historical arguments and circumstances, and also probes the function of such texts in constructing, interpreting, critiquing, and effacing the histories in which they are embedded. He also addresses the period's own changeable version of the literature/history opposition, the elaborate formal strategies by which poets and intellectuals negotiated their relations to power, and how proper names (of authors, works, and exemplary characters) served as points of negotiation between individual identity and social order in the Renaissance.

"An important book by an important scholar, this volume should be in collections supporting study of Italian and early modern literature and history."Choice (highly recommended)

 
 
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