The Renaissance Dialogue: Literary Dialogue in its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to Galileo

The Renaissance Dialogue: Literary Dialogue in its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to Galileo

by Virginia Cox
     
 

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This is a full-length study of the use of the dialogue form in Italy from the early sixteenth century until Galileo. Drawing on a wide range of sources, it examines the characteristics which determined the genre's unrivalled popularity in the period as a vehicle for polemic, debate, technical exposition and comic drama. More than simply an account of the

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This is a full-length study of the use of the dialogue form in Italy from the early sixteenth century until Galileo. Drawing on a wide range of sources, it examines the characteristics which determined the genre's unrivalled popularity in the period as a vehicle for polemic, debate, technical exposition and comic drama. More than simply an account of the development of an individual literary genre, however, the book is a contribution to the broader social and cultural history of the period. As representations of conversation, miniature dramas of persuasion, the dialogues of the Italian Renaissance constitute an extraordinarily rich - and largely untapped - source of information about the ideals and practice of communication in the early modern age.

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Review of the hardback: 'This book is of enormous value to Renaissance literary and social historians.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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ISBN-13:
9780521069663
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series, #2
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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