Book of the Courtier: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

Book of the Courtier: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

by Baldesar Castiglione
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393976068

ISBN-13: 9780393976069

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of fictional conversations by courtiers of the Duke of Urbino that takes place in 1507, while Castiglione was himself attaché to the Duke.
Today the Book remains the most reliable and illuminating account of Renaissance court life and of what it took to be the "Perfect Courtier" and "Court Lady." The Singleton…  See more details below

Overview

The Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of fictional conversations by courtiers of the Duke of Urbino that takes place in 1507, while Castiglione was himself attaché to the Duke.
Today the Book remains the most reliable and illuminating account of Renaissance court life and of what it took to be the "Perfect Courtier" and "Court Lady." The Singleton translation—the most acclaimed and accurate available—is accompanied by annotations. "Criticism" features ten essays on The Book of the Courtier, which represent the best interpretations from the United States, Italy, and England including the backgrounds-rich essays by Amedeo Quondam and James Hankins. A Selected Bibliography, a Chronology, and an Index are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393976069
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
1,320,726
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
The Text of The Book of the Courtier1
The Book of the Courtier3
Index of Persons and Items261
Criticism281
On the Genesis of the Book of the Courtier283
Sprezzatura and the Absence of Grace295
Castiglione's Cortegiano: The Dialogue as a Drama of Doubt307
Il Cortegiano and the Constraints of Despotism319
The Portrait of the Courtier in Castiglione328
Did Women Have a Renaissance?340
Courtier, Prince, Lady: The Design of the Book of the Courtier352
Ottaviano's Interruption366
Renaissance Philosophy and Book IV of Il Cortegiano377
The Courtier Abroad: Or, the Uses of Italy388
Baldassare Castiglione: A Chronology401
Selected Bibliography403

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