This book, which is the first comprehensive study of its subject, shows how one traditionally esteemed author, the Roman poet Virgil, played an unexpectedly significant role in the shaping of Venetian Renaissance culture. The author draws on reception theory, the sociology of literature, and history of the book to argue that Virgil's poetry became a best-seller because it sometimes challenged, but more often confirmed, the specific moral, religious, and social values its Venetian readers brought with them to their texts. The texts that are used are the printed books of the fifteenth and sixteenth century printed books in which readers of the period encountered Virgil, the prefaces and commentaries that guided their responses, and, the marginal notes that record those responses. How the Renaissance Venetians saw themselves when they looked into their literary past tells us a good deal about them, but it also illuminates a number of issues at the centre of humanistic studies today, ranging from how reading takes place to the role of class and gender in fashioning interpretation.
The wide range of interests that are touched on should make this book of value to scholars in the disciplines of classics, history, Renaissance studies, and Italian studies, as well as English literature and cultural studies.
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Ample footnotes confirm a range and depth of reading that are evident from an agreeable written text of unusual learning, alertness and circumspection ( Michael Reeve, Times Literary Supplement)
A wide-ranging, multi-layered and informative discussion of the uses of Virgil in Renaissance Venice ( The Classical Review)
There are fascinating insights and rewarding digressions along the way, and we must be grateful (again) to Craig Kallendorf for the learning and industry packed into this elegant book ( The Classical Review)
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Clarendon Press, 1999. 260p. Hardback. Ample footnotes confirm a range and depth of reading that are evident from an agreeable written text of unusual learning, alertness and circumspection Michael Reeve, Times Literary Supplement 17/02/2000 (Publisher's information). Condition: New Print on Demand. Printed on Demand. Codice libro della libreria 38170
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX019815254X
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 019815254X
Descrizione libro Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. illustrated edition. 260 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria 019815254X