A Corresponding Renaissance

Letters Written by Italian Women, 1375-1650
Author: Lisa Kaborycha
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199342433
Category: Renaissance
Page: 320
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Women's vibrant presence in the Italian Renaissance has long been overlooked, with attention focused mainly on the artistic and intellectual achievements of their male counterparts. During this period, however, Italian women excelled especially as writers, and nowhere were they more expressive than in their letters. In A Corresponding Renaissance: Letters Written by Italian Women, 1375-1650 Lisa Kaborycha considers the lives and cultural contributions revealed by these women in their own words, through their correspondence. By turns highly personal, didactic, or devotional, these letters expose the daily realities of women's lives, their feelings, ideas, and reactions to the complex world in which they lived. Through their letters women emerge not merely as bystanders, but as true cultural protagonists in the Italian Renaissance. A Corresponding Renaissance is divided into eight thematic chapters, featuring fifty-five letters that are newly translated into English-many for the first time ever. Each of the letters is annotated and includes a brief biographical introduction and bibliographic references. The women come from all walks of life--saints, poets, courtesans and countesses--and from every geographic area of Italy; chronologically they span the entire Renaissance, with the majority representing the sixteenth century. Approximately one third of the selections are well-known letters, such as those of Catherine of Siena, Veronica Franco, and Isabella d'Este; the rest are lesser known, previously un-translated, or otherwise inaccessible.

Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe


Author: Hans Hummer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192518305
Category: History
Page: 400
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What meaning did human kinship possess in a world regulated by Biblical time, committed to the primacy of spiritual relationships, and bound by the sinews of divine love? In the process of exploring this question, Hans Hummer offers a searching re-examination of kinship in Europe between late Roman times and the high middle ages, the period bridging Europe's primitive past and its modern future. Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe critiques the modernist and Western bio-genealogical and functionalist assumptions that have shaped kinship studies since their inception in the nineteenth century, when Biblical time collapsed and kinship became a signifier of the essential secularity of history and a method for conceptualizing a deep prehistory guided by autogenous human impulses. Hummer argues that this understanding of kinship is fundamentally antagonistic to medieval sentiments and is responsible for the frustrations researchers have encountered as they have tried to identify the famously elusive kin groups of medieval Europe. He delineates an alternative ethnographic approach inspired by recent anthropological work that privileges indigenous expressions of kinship and the interpretive potential of native ontologies. This study reveals that kinship in the middle ages was not biological, primitive, or a regulator of social mechanisms; nor was it traceable by bio-genealogical connections. In the Middle Ages, kinship signified a sociality that flowed from convictions about the divine source of all things and which wove together families, institutions, and divinities into an expansive eschatological vision animated by 'the most righteous principle of love'.

Childhood, Class and Kin in the Roman World


Author: Suzanne Dixon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134563191
Category: History
Page: 304
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It can be difficult to hear the voices of Roman children, women and slaves, given that most surviving texts of the period are by elite adult men. This volume redresses the balance. An international collection of expert contributors go beyond the usual canon of literary texts, and assess a vast range of evidence - inscriptions, burial data, domestic architecture, sculpture and the law, as well as Christian and dream-interpretation literature. Topics covered include: * child exposure and abandonment * children in imperial propaganda * reconstructing lower-class families * gender, burial and status * epitaphs and funerary monuments * adoption and late parenthood. The result is an up-to-date survey of some of the most exciting avenues currently being explored in Roman social history.

Language and Culture in the Growth of Imperialism


Author: Sharron Gu
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786468483
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 311
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"This innovative study examines imperialism from a cultural and linguistic perspective, portraying the rise and fall of ancient Greek, Roman, medieval Islamic, modern British, Russian and American empires as a part of the natural life of world civilizations "--Provided by publisher.

The Oxford history of the classical world


Author: John Boardman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 882
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Provides an overview of classical Greek and Roman history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, religion, government, and daily life

The Literary World

A Monthly Review of Current Literature
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literature
Page: N.A
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On the History of Economic Thought


Author: A. W. Bob Coats
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134918305
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 512
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On the History of Economic Thought is introduced by an essay in intellectual autobiography outlining the development of Coats key ideas and the distinctive elements of his approach. Two themes in particular emerge. The first is the difference between British and American economics, both in content and in the practice of the profession. This is an important element in all areas of his research. The second theme is in the interrelationships between economic ideas, events (or conditions) and policy issues. The book concludes by offering an assessment of the current state of the discipline indicating the advantages an historian of economics can offer as a commentator on recent developments.

Arguments in Rhetoric Against Quintilian

Translation and Text of Peter Ramus's Rhetoricae Distinctiones in Quintilianum
Author: Peter Ramus
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 0809386143
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 234
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First published in 1986, this book offers the Latin text and English translation of a pivotal work by one of the most influential and controversial writers of early modern times. Pierre de la Ramée, better known as Peter Ramus, was a college instructor in Paris who published a number of books attacking and attempting to refute foundational texts in philosophy and rhetoric. He began in the early 1540s with books on Aristotle—which were later banned and burned—and Cicero, and later, in 1549, he published Rhetoricae Distinctiones in Quintilianum. The purpose of Ramus’s book is announced in the opening paragraph of its dedication to Charles of Lorraine: “I have a single argument, a single subject matter, that the arts of dialectic and rhetoric have been confused by Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian. I have previously argued against Aristotle and Cicero. What objection then is there against calling Quintilian to the same account?” Carole Newlands’s excellent translation—the first in modern English—remains the standard English version. This volume also provides the original Latin text for comparative purposes. In addition, James J. Murphy’s insightful introduction places the text in historical perspective by discussing Ramus’s life and career, the development of his ideas, and the milieu in which his writings were produced. This edition includes an updated bibliography of works concerning Ramus, rhetoric, and related topics.

Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance

Italy, France, and England
Author: Diana Maury Robin,Anne R. Larsen,Carole Levin
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851097724
Category: History
Page: 459
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Presents biographical and topical information on the contributions made by women during the Renaissance in such fields as medicine, religion, and art.

Izaak Walton's The compleat angler

the art of recreation
Author: Jonquil Bevan,Izaak Walton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 147
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Dreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New England

Indians, Colonists, and the Seventeenth Century
Author: Ann Marie Plane
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812246357
Category: History
Page: 256
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From angels to demonic specters, astonishing visions to devilish terrors, dreams inspired, challenged, and soothed the men and women of seventeenth-century New England. English colonists considered dreams to be fraught messages sent by nature, God, or the Devil; Indians of the region often welcomed dreams as events of tremendous significance. Whether the inspirational vision of an Indian sachem or the nightmare of a Boston magistrate, dreams were treated with respect and care by individuals and their communities. Dreams offered entry to "invisible worlds" that contained vital knowledge not accessible by other means and were viewed as an important source of guidance in the face of war, displacement, shifts in religious thought, and intercultural conflict. Using firsthand accounts of dreams as well as evolving social interpretations of them, Dreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New England explores these little-known aspects of colonial life as a key part of intercultural contact. With themes touching on race, gender, emotions, and interior life, this book reveals the nighttime visions of both colonists and Indians. Ann Marie Plane examines beliefs about faith, providence, power, and the unpredictability of daily life to interpret both the dreams themselves and the act of dream reporting. Through keen analysis of the spiritual and cosmological elements of the early modern world, Plane fills in a critical dimension of the emotional and psychological experience of colonialism.

Boats of South Asia


Author: Sean Mcgrail,Visiting Professor in the Department of Archaeology Sean McGrail,Lucy Blue,Eric Kentley,Colin Palmer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134431317
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
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This book sets new standards for the documentation of water transport, and introduces styles of boat-building which are unlikely to be found outside the sub-Continent. A fascinating and accessible read for anyone interested in boats or the South Asian way of life, as well as ethnographers, maritime archaeologists and historians, Boats of South Asia covers recent, exhaustive fieldwork in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; and covers a vast array of traditional boats used in the sub-Continent today for fishing and other coastal, riverine tasks.

The Universal Cyclopædia


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Page: N.A
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Northern Renaissance Art


Author: Susie Nash
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192842692
Category: Art
Page: 354
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The history of northern Renaissance art, from the late 14th to the early 16th century, drawing on a rich range of sources to show how northern European art dominated the visual culture of Europe in this formative period

Je-ne-sais-quoi Early Mod Euro C


Author: Richard Scholar
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199274401
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 334
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What is the je-ne-sais-quoi? How - if at all - can it be put into words? In addressing these questions, Richard Scholar offers the first full-length study of the je-ne-sais-quoi and its fortunes in early modern Europe. He describes the rise and fall of the expression as a noun and as a topic of debate, examines its cluster of meanings, and uncovers the scattered traces of its 'pre-history'. The je-ne-sais-quoi is often assumed to belong purely to the realmof the literary, but in the early modern period it serves to articulate problems of knowledge in natural philosophy, the passions, and culture, and for that reason it is approached here from an interdisciplinary perspective. Placing major figures of the period such as Montaigne, Shakespeare, Descartes, Corneille, and Pascalalongside some of their lesser-known contemporaries, Scholar argues that the je-ne-sais-quoi serves above all to capture first-person encounters with a 'certain something' that is as difficult to explain as its effects are intense. When early modern writers use the expression in this way, he suggests, they give literary form to an experience that twenty-first-century readers may recognize as something like their own.

Blood

A Critique of Christianity
Author: Gil Anidjar
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231537255
Category: Religion
Page: 560
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Blood, according to Gil Anidjar, maps the singular history of Christianity. As a category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as determining, sometimes even defining Western culture, politics, and social practices and their wide-ranging incarnations in nationalism, capitalism, and law. Engaging with a variety of sources, Anidjar explores the presence and the absence, the making and unmaking of blood in philosophy and medicine, law and literature, and economic and political thought from ancient Greece to medieval Spain, from the Bible to Shakespeare and Melville. The prevalence of blood in the social, juridical, and political organization of the modern West signals that we do not live in a secular age into which religion could return. Flowing across multiple boundaries, infusing them with violent precepts that we must address, blood undoes the presumed oppositions between religion and politics, economy and theology, and kinship and race. It demonstrates that what we think of as modern is in fact imbued with Christianity. Christianity, Blood fiercely argues, must be reconsidered beyond the boundaries of religion alone.

History of Italian Renaissance Art


Author: Frederick Hartt,David G. Wilkins
Publisher: Prentice Hall Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 696
View: 2006
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'History of Italian Renaissance Art' provides readers with an understanding of this pivotal period, incorporating research and current art historical thinking while also maintaining the integrity of the story that Frederick Hartt first told so enthusiastically many years ago. Choosing to retain Frederick Hartt's traditional framework, David Wilkins has introduced a number of changes. Newly added works of art demonstrate the diversity of the period. Secular pieces such as a cassone with its original framework largely intact, an early desco da parto made for the Medici family, two examples of majolica dinnerware, along with a new series of portraits of patrons and personalities of the period have been selected because they enrich our knowledge of the context within which these works were created. Other illustrations have been added to enhance our understanding of important Renaissance works. These include views of architecture and of large fresco cycles and sculptures that remain in situ. There is also a bibliography that provides a guide for further reading about artists and key topics.

Corpus Christi

The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture
Author: Miri Rubin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521438056
Category: History
Page: 432
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A paperback edition of Miri Rubin's highly successful study of the meaning of the eucharist, c. 1150-1500.

Greco-Scythian Art and the Birth of Eurasia

From Classical Antiquity to Russian Modernity
Author: Caspar Meyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019968233X
Category: Art
Page: 431
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Drawing on evidence from archaeology, art history, and textual sources to contextualize Greco-Scythian metalwork in ancient society, Meyer offers unique introductions to the archaeology of Scythia and its ties to Asia and classical Greece, modern museum and visual culture studies, and the intellectual history of classics in Russia and the West.

Oxford Bibliographies

Latino studies
Author: Ilan Stavans
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780199913701
Category: Hispanic Americans
Page: N.A
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"An emerging field of study that explores the Hispanic minority in the United States, Latino Studies is enriched by an interdisciplinary perspective. Historians, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, demographers, linguists, as well as religion, ethnicity, and culture scholars, among others, bring a varied, multifaceted approach to the understanding of a people whose roots are all over the Americas and whose permanent home is north of the Rio Grande. Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies offers an authoritative, trustworthy, and up-to-date intellectual map to this ever-changing discipline."--Editorial page.