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The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: Skeptics, Libertines, and Opera
     

The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: Skeptics, Libertines, and Opera

by Edward Muir
 

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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,

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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 stir emotions.

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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

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 - Francis X. Rocca
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.
Journal of Japanese Studies - Clifford Bartlett
Muir's small book (hard-covered but paperback in dimensions) set me thinking. It's a remarkably readable, cross-disciplinary study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674041264
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Series:
Bernard Berenson Lectures on the Italian Renaissance
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
248 KB

Meet the Author

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

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