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.
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
PrefaceContributorsIntroduction, Angelo MazzoccoPART I1. Kristeller’s Humanists as Heirs of the Medieval Dictatores, Ronald G. Witt2. The Origins of Humanism, Robert Black3. Humanism: Ancient Learning, Criticism, Schools and Universities, Paul F. Grendler4. Curial Humanism Seen Through the Prism of the Papal Library, Massimo Miglio5. Humanism and the Medieval Encyclopedic Tradition, Giuseppe MazzottaPART II6. Humanism and Scholasticism: Toward an Historical Definition, Riccardo Fubini7. Religion and the Modernity of Renaissance Humanism, James Hankins8. Rethinking “Christian Humanism”, Charles G. Nauert9. Renaissance Humanism: the Rhetorical Turn, Eckhard Kessler10. Literary Humanism in the Renaissance, Arthur F. KinneyPART III11. Petrarch: Founder of Renaissance Humanism?, Angelo Mazzocco12. Angelo Poliziano, Aldo Manuzio, Theodore Gaza, George of Trebizond, and Chapter 90 of the Miscellaneorum Centuria Prima (With an Edition and Translation), John Monfasani13. Reinterpreting Renaissance Humanism: Marcello Adriani and the Recovery of Lucretius, Alison BrownBibliographyIndex