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Renaissance Now!

The Value of the Renaissance Past in Contemporary Culture

Edited By Brendan Dooley

This volume directs a transdisciplinary gaze on the field of Renaissance Studies as currently practised in Europe, North America and beyond. The concept of the Renaissance as applied to a particular time and place is still regarded as being of central importance to the history of thought and culture. The essays collected here raise the question of the contemporary relevance of the Renaissance.
What is the significance of doing Renaissance Studies now, not only in terms of the field per se, but in terms of what the field has to say to contemporary society? In the past, the field of Renaissance Studies has drawn themes and orientations from particular concerns of the moment, without losing its rigorous focus, and has given back crucial insights to those studying it. Could the same be said today? To facilitate a multifaceted answer, this book attempts to cover some of the principal areas of this interdisciplinary field within the humanities and social sciences. Contributors include specialists in history, languages and literatures, the history of science, cultural studies, art history, philosophy, sociology and politics.


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Preface ix Brendan Dooley Introduction 1 Sheila Barker 1 The Drowning Man in Michelangelo’s Battle of Cascina 19 Nicola Gardini 2 Osiris and the End of the Renaissance 39 Heinrich Lang 3 Renaissance Economies: Markets, Tastes, Representations 57 Maximilian Schuh 4 Making Renaissance Humanism Popular in the Fifteenth-Century Empire: The studia humanitatis at the University of Ingolstadt 81 Thomas F. Earle 5 The Two Adamastores: Diversity and Complexity in Camões’s Lusiads 103 Tom Conley 6 Renaissance que voicy: Torque in a Tower (Reading Montaigne, Essais, III, iii) 119 vi David Edwards 7 Fashioning Service in a Renaissance State: The Of ficial Journals of the Elizabethan Viceroys in Ireland 139 José Montero Reguera 8 Cervantes and Renaissance: A Chapter in the History of Hispanic Studies 165 Chris Barrett 9 The Map You Cannot See: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Navigation 181 Brendan Dooley 10 Keep This Secret! Renaissance Knowledge between Freedom and Restraint 213 Federico Barbierato 11 Popular Atheism and Unbelief: A Seventeenth-Century Venetian Point of View 243 Paul R. Wright 12 The Raw and the Cooked: The Renaissance as Cultural Trope in Times of Crisis 269 Joseph S. Freedman 13 The History of ‘Scientific Method’ (methodus scientifica) in the Early Modern Period and its Relevance for School-Level and University-Level Instruction in Our Time 287 Brendan Dooley 14 Digital Renaissance 319 vii Brendan Dooley Conclusion 341 Notes on Contributors 347 Index of Persons 353 Index of Places 369

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