Interpretations of Renaissance Humanism

Interpretations of Renaissance Humanism

by Angelo Mazzocco (Editor)


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Authored by some of the most preeminent Renaissance scholars active today, the essays of this volume give fresh and illuminating analyses of important aspects of Renaissance humanism, such as the time and causes of its origin, its connection to the papal court and medieval traditions, its classical learning, its religious and literary dimensions, and its dramatis personae. Their interpretations are varied to the point of being contradictory. The essays bear the imprint of the work of the eminent scholars of the second half of the twentieth century, especially Kristeller’s, and demonstrate an awareness of the various modes of critical inquiry that have prevailed in recent years. As such they are an important exemplar of current scholarship on Renaissance humanism and are, therefore, indispensable to the scholar who wishes to explore this pivotal cultural movement.

Contributors include: Robert Black, Alison Brown, Riccardo Fubini, Paul F. Grendler, James Hankins, Eckhard Kessler, Arthur F. Kinney, Angelo Mazzocco, Giuseppe Mazzotta, Massimo Miglio, John Monfasani, Charles G. Nauert, and Ronald G. Witt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004152441
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Series: Brill's Studies in Intellectual History Series , #143
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Angelo Mazzocco, Ph.D. (1973) in Romance Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley is Professor emeritus of Italian and Spanish at Mount Holyoke College. He has published extensively on antiquarianism, historical linguistics, Dante, and Renaissance humanism including Linguistic Theories in Dante and the Humanists (Brill, 1993).

Table of Contents


Introduction, Angelo Mazzocco

1. Kristeller’s Humanists as Heirs of the Medieval Dictatores, Ronald G. Witt
2. The Origins of Humanism, Robert Black
3. Humanism: Ancient Learning, Criticism, Schools and Universities, Paul F. Grendler
4. Curial Humanism Seen Through the Prism of the Papal Library, Massimo Miglio
5. Humanism and the Medieval Encyclopedic Tradition, Giuseppe Mazzotta

6. Humanism and Scholasticism: Toward an Historical Definition, Riccardo Fubini
7. Religion and the Modernity of Renaissance Humanism, James Hankins
8. Rethinking “Christian Humanism”, Charles G. Nauert
9. Renaissance Humanism: the Rhetorical Turn, Eckhard Kessler
10. Literary Humanism in the Renaissance, Arthur F. Kinney

11. Petrarch: Founder of Renaissance Humanism?, Angelo Mazzocco
12. Angelo Poliziano, Aldo Manuzio, Theodore Gaza, George of Trebizond, and Chapter 90 of the Miscellaneorum Centuria Prima (With an Edition and Translation), John Monfasani
13. Reinterpreting Renaissance Humanism: Marcello Adriani and the Recovery of Lucretius, Alison Brown


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