Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn

Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn

by Ann Moss
     
 

This study provides an entirely new look at an era of radical change in the history of West European thought, the period between 1480 and 1540, mainly in France and Germany. The book's main thesis is that the Latin language turn was not only concurrent with other aspects of change, but was a fundamental instrument in reconfiguring horizons of thought, reformulating

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This study provides an entirely new look at an era of radical change in the history of West European thought, the period between 1480 and 1540, mainly in France and Germany. The book's main thesis is that the Latin language turn was not only concurrent with other aspects of change, but was a fundamental instrument in reconfiguring horizons of thought, reformulating paradigms of argument, and rearticulating the relationship between fiction and truth.

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"Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn has been redacted with the utmost care. Moss illustrates her argumentation with numerous quotations from the primary sources that are conveniently translated, but are often given in Latin as well in footnote, so that the reader can check for himself....extremely interesting, erudite, compact, and well-written."—Renaissance Quarterly

"With great erudition Moss studies the problem of two Latins in the early 16th century.... The illuminating clarity with which Moss shows the linguistic debates at work is new and exciting.... Essential."—Choice

"A highly original and meticulous study.... Essentially intellectual history of an important period from an unusual and unusually enlightening perspective."—Bibliotheèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199249879
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Moss is Professor of French and Head of the School of Modern European Languages at Durham University.
Her publications include:
Ovid in Renaissance France: a Survey of the Latin Editions of Ovid and Commentaries published before 1600 (London: The Warburg Institute, 1982)
Poetry and Fable: Studies in Mythological Narrative in Sixteenth-Century France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Prees, 1984)
Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996)
Latin Commentaries on Ovid from the Renaissance, Library of Renaissance Humanism 5 (Signal Mountain, Tennessee: Summertown, 1998)
Four chapters in Norton, G. P. (ed.), The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, iii: The Renaissance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)
Les Recueils de lieux communs: apprendre à penser à la Renaissance (Geneva: Droz, 2002)

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