The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: skeptics, libertines, and opera [NOOK Book]

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In this book, Muir explores an era of cultural innovation that promoted free inquiry in the face of philosophical and theological orthodoxy, advocated libertine morals, critiqued the tyranny of aristocratic fathers over their daughters, and expanded the theatrical potential of grand opera. In so doing, he reveals the distinguished past of today's culture wars, including debates about the place of women in society, the clash between science and faith, and the power of the arts to...
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The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: skeptics, libertines, and opera

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Overview

In this book, Muir explores an era of cultural innovation that promoted free inquiry in the face of philosophical and theological orthodoxy, advocated libertine morals, critiqued the tyranny of aristocratic fathers over their daughters, and expanded the theatrical potential of grand opera. In so doing, he reveals the distinguished past of today's culture wars, including debates about the place of women in society, the clash between science and faith, and the power of the arts to stir emotions.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Japanese Studies
Muir's small book (hard-covered but paperback in dimensions) set me thinking. It's a remarkably readable, cross-disciplinary study.
— Clifford Bartlett
Wall Street Journal
Finding the roots of opera in the history of science is a task that would daunt even a polymath of Renaissance stature. Yet in The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance, Edward Muir plausibly explains how the skepticism taught by a professor at the University of Padua in the early 17th century fostered a musical revolution in neighboring Venice--and much else besides.
— Francis X. Rocca
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Meet the Author

Edward Muir is Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction     1
The Skeptics: Galileo's Telescope and Cremonini's Headache     13
The Libertines: The Celestial Divorce     61
The Librettists: Poppea in the Opera Box     109
Notes     151
Index     169
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