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A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance

Edited by: Guido Ruggiero
eISBN: 9780631215240
Print publication date: 2002

Subject Literature » Renaissance Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631215240.2002.x

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A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance

The idea of the Renaissance as a period of European cultural triumph in which great men flourished has been largely demolished in the last fifty years. This provocative Companion brings together some of the most exciting scholars who led this attack, to suggest different ways of thinking about the Renaissance and set new agendas for research.

The contributions focus on three major themes: transformative encounters between cultures, ancient and new, high and low, within Europe and beyond; fascination with all things Italian; and social realignment. In examining these themes, the contributors look at the Renaissance from a world perspective, illuminating the negative as well as the positive, and integrating considerations of gender, sex, violence, and non-elite culture. The vision of the Renaissance that emerges is one defined by a wide range of social, political, economic, and cultural developments rather than by the actions of a small cultural elite.

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Ruggiero, Guido (ed). A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance. Blackwell Publishing, 2002. Blackwell Reference Online. 19 July 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9780631215240_9780631215240>

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