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Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance: The Theory and Practice of Literary Imitation in Italy from Dante to Bembo

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The concept of imitatio - the imitation of classical and vernacular texts - was the dominant critical and creative principle in Italian Renaissance literature. Linked to modern notions of intertextuality, imitation has been much discussed recently, but this is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of Italian Renaissance ideas on imitation, covering both theory and practice, and both Latin and vernacular works. Martin McLaughlin charts the emergence of the idea, in vague terms in Dante, then in Petrarch's more precise reconstruction of classical imitatio, before concentrating on the major writers of the Quattrocento. Some chapters deal with key humanists, such as Lorenzo Valla and Pico della Mirandola, while others discuss each of the major vernacular figures in the debate, including Leonardo Bruni, Leon Battista Alberti, Angelo Poliziano, and Pietro Bembo. For the first time scholars and students have an up-to-date account of the development of Ciceronianism in both Latin and the vernacular before 1530, and the book provides fresh insights into some of the canonical works of Italian literature from Dante to Bembo.
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"McLaughlin possesses an enviable expertise in Renaissance Latin, and he unfolds his history with clarity and by making careful and revealing distinctions....We should be grateful...for the book that he has given us: a thorough and judicious treatment of a defining issue in Italian humanist thought."--Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies

"Very highly recommended..."--Chronique

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Trecento 9
1 Dante 11
2 Petrarch 22
3 Boccaccio 49
4 Coluccio Salutati 67
Pt. 2 The Early Quattrocento 79
5 Leonardo Bruni 81
6 Humanist Educators 98
7 The Dispute between Poggio and Valla 126
Pt. 3 Vernacular Humanism 147
8 Leon Battista Alberti 149
9 Cristoforo Landino 167
Pt. 4 The Major Disputes Around 1500 185
10 The Dispute between Poliziano and Cortesi 187
11 The Dispute between The Elder Pico and Barbaro 228
12 The Dispute between Giovan Francesco Pico and Bembo 249
Conclusion 275
Bibliography 279
Index 297
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