The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism

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Jill Kraye, Kraye Jill
Cambridge University Press, Feb 23, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 320 pages
From the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, humanism played a key role in European culture. Beginning as a movement based on the recovery, interpretation and imitation of ancient Greek and Roman texts and the archaeological study of the physical remains of antiquity, humanism turned into a dynamic cultural programme, influencing almost every facet of Renaissance intellectual life. The fourteen essays in this 1996 volume deal with all aspects of the movement, from language learning to the development of science, from the effect of humanism on biblical study to its influence on art, from its Italian origins to its manifestations in the literature of More, Sidney and Shakespeare. A detailed biographical index, and a guide to further reading, are provided. Overall, The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism provides a comprehensive introduction to a major movement in the culture of early modern Europe.
 

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Contents

Classical scholarship
20
Humanism in script and print in the fifteenth century
47
The humanist reform of Latin and Latin teaching
63
Humanist rhetoric and dialectic
82
Humanists and the Bible
100
Humanism and the origins of modern political thought
118
Philologists and philosophers
142
Artists and humanists
161
Vernacular humanism in the sixteenth century
189
The new science and the traditions of humanism
203
Humanism and Italian literature
224
Humanism and English literature in the fifteenth and sixteenth
246
Humanism and seventeenthcentury English literature
269
A guide to further reading in English
294
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