The Vernacular Aristotle: Translation as Reception in Medieval and Renaissance Italy

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 27, 2020 - History - 292 pages
This book explores the ways in which Aristotle's legacy was appropriated and reshaped by vernacular readers in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. It considers translation in a broad sense, looking at commentaries, compendia, rewritings, and abridgments alongside vernacular versions of Aristotle's works. Translation is thus taken as quintessential to the very notion of reception, with a focus on the dynamics - cultural, social, material - that informed the appropriation and reshaping of the 'master of those who know' on the part of vernacular readers between 1250 and 1500. By looking at the proactive and transformative nature of reception, this book challenges traditional narratives about the period and identifies the theory and practice of translation as a liminal space that facilitated the interaction between lay readers and the academic context while fostering the legitimation of the vernacular as a language suitable for philosophical discourse.

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Eugenio Refini is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at New York University. His interests include Renaissance poetics, rhetoric, and drama; reception of antiquity and translation studies; and the intersections of music and literature. His publications include a monograph on Alessandro Piccolomini titled Per via d'annotationi: le glosse inedite di Alessandro Piccolomini all'Ars Poetica di Orazio (2009) and several articles and book chapters on Ludovico Ariosto, Torquato Tasso, Latin humanism and the musical culture of early modern Italy.

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