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Renaissance Keywords

Edited by Ita Mac Carthy


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Legenda: Oxford, 2013
£45.00 ($89.50 US)  Hardback  158pp
ISBN: 978-1-907975-29-5


Certain words played a crucial role in the making of the European Renaissance, and still recur today in our shifting understanding of it. Discretion and grace, to take two examples studied here, express how individuals thought about themselves, each other and their experience of the world, yet they are as hard to define as they are ever-present in Renaissance discourse. In this collection of essays, scholars from across the Humanities offer new interpretations of these and other ‘keywords’, to adopt Raymond Williams’s term, and investigate the vocabulary that not only accompanied, but also produced, the cultural transformations that made the Renaissance so distinctive.

A keywords approach to Renaissance Europe provides a rich contextual framework for the exploration of its central ideas. It also highlights the need for fresh thinking on current histories of the age. Renaissance Keywords engages with the ongoing debate about the term ‘Renaissance’ itself, perhaps more our keyword than theirs, and seeks alternative ways to understand a culture and society which produced conceptions of the self as much as it did art and science. The result is an exploration at the cutting edge of contemporary research.

Ita Mac Carthy is Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Birmingham.

With the contributions:

Richard Scholar — Introduction
Ann Moss — Allegory
Ben Thomas — Disegno
Timothy Chesters — Discretion
Ita Mac Carthy — Grace
Patricia Seed — Modern
Emily Butterworth, Rowan Tomlinson — Scandal
Guido Giglioni — Sense

Reviews:

  • ‘A thoughtful, well-written and engaging volume whose accessible presentation of wide-ranging but precise detail should appeal to the Renaissance specialist and the general reader alike.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 50.2, April 2014, 231
  • ‘These chapters share an approach, drawing insights from close attention to both dictionary definitions and uses of terms in different contexts, and thereby provide excellent examples of ‘word histories’.’ — Hugh Roberts, French Studies 68.2, April 2014, 241-42


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