An Italian Renaissance Sextet: Six Tales in Historical Context / Edition 2

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Overview

An Italian Renaissance Sextet is a collection of six tales offering a unique view of the history of Renaissance Italy, with fiction and fictional modes becoming gateways to a real, historical world. All written between 1400 and 1500 - among them a rare gem by Lorenzo the Magnificent and a famous account featuring Filippo Brunelleschi - the stories are presented here in lively translations.

As engrossing, fresh, and high-spirited as those in Boccaccio's Decameron, the tales deal with marriage, deception, rural manners, gender relations, social ambitions, adultery, homosexuality, and the demands of individual identity. Each is accompanied by an essay, in which Lauro Martines situates the story in its temporal context, transforming it into an outright historical document. The stories and essays focus mainly on people from the ordinary and middling ranks of society, as they go about their ordinary lives, under the pressure of a highly practical, conformist, pleasure-loving (but often cruel) urban society. Revealing the concerns of a searching historical work with a combined anthropological, demographic, and cultural slant, An Italian Renaissance Sextet shines a probing light on Italian Renaissance culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802086501
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Murtha Baca is head of the Standards and Vocabulary Programs at the Getty Research Institute.
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Table of Contents

Ricciarda 19
The real in the imaginary : Ricciarda 25
Scopone 39
Ceremonies of identity : Scopone 55
Friar and priest 71
A ritual cleansing : friar and priest 81
Bianco Alfani 95
The wages of social sin : Bianco Alfani 117
Giacoppo 141
A patriotic prank : Giacoppo 153
The fat woodcarver 171
Who does he think he is? : the fat woodcarver 213
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