Strong Words: Writing and Social Strain in the Italian Renaissance (Paperback)
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Strong Words: Writing and Social Strain in the Italian Renaissance (Paperback)

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A social history of the Italian Renaissance (1300-1560) in a cultural key. Using tales, poems, prayers and letters as primary sources, Lauro Martines probes religious sensibilities, love, alienation, explosive feeling against political authority, the moral strains of patronage and the close ways of urban neighbourhoods. Case studies of suicide and the seduction of propertied women sharpen the analysis. By moving behind literary posture and metaphor, Martines exposes the power of local angers, fears, and loyalties, of misogyny, cruelty and women's space. The vitality of urban experience in Renaissance Italy passes before us, as we see the language of literature giving form and immediacy to the emotions of everyday life.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801873164
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Providing a rich fund of examples, Martines' brilliant study reaches a more complex reality than the historical record reveals." -- Choice


"Martines's contribution should become required reading in the social history of Renaissance Italy." -- Thomas Kuehn, Journal of Modern History


"Strong Words succeeds as a vigorous portrait of Renaissance society viewed through its literature, a compelling introduction not only to a body of literature but to the world that produced it." -- F. Thomas Luongo, Speculum


"Martines makes brilliant use of the 'archive' of literature -- poetry, novellas, tales, letters, and dramas -- to recreate aspects of the social and cultural world of the Renaissance... Strong Words is a rarity -- a strongly-felt creation, filled with humanity." -- John Jeffries Martin, Journal of Interdisciplinary History


Strong Words succeeds as a vigorous portrait of Renaissance society viewed through its literature, a compelling introduction not only to a body of literature but to the world that produced it.--F. Thomas Luongo"Speculum" (01/01/0001)


Martines makes brilliant use of the 'archive' of literature--poetry, novellas, tales, letters, and dramas--to recreate aspects of the social and cultural world of the Renaissance... "Strong Words" is a rarity--a strongly-felt creation, filled with humanity.--John Jeffries Martin"Journal of Interdisciplinary History" (01/01/2004)


"Strong Words" succeeds as a vigorous portrait of Renaissance society viewed through its literature, a compelling introduction not only to a body of literature but to the world that produced it.--F. Thomas Luongo"Speculum" (01/01/2004)


Martines's contribution should become required reading in the social history of Renaissance Italy.--Thomas Kuehn"Journal of Modern History" (01/01/2003)

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