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The Renaissance Dialogue
Literary Dialogue in its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to Galileo


Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521069663

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  • This is a full-length study of the use of the dialogue form in Italy from the early sixteenth century until Galileo. Drawing on a wide range of sources, it examines the characteristics which determined the genre's unrivalled popularity in the period as a vehicle for polemic, debate, technical exposition and comic drama. More than simply an account of the development of an individual literary genre, however, the book is a contribution to the broader social and cultural history of the period. As representations of conversation, miniature dramas of persuasion, the dialogues of the Italian Renaissance constitute an extraordinarily rich - and largely untapped - source of information about the ideals and practice of communication in the early modern age.

    • Examines a relatively untouched subject, in ways which will be useful to literature and history specialists
    • Puts the Italian dialogue in European context
    • Covers major Italian Renaissance authors such as Castiglione, Tasso and Galileo
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    Review of the hardback: 'This book is of enormous value to Renaissance literary and social historians.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521069663
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Problems of method
    2. History and invention in the dialogue
    3. The uses of the dialogue in sixteenth-century Italy: celebration and control
    4. The use of dialogue in sixteenth-century Italy: commerce and courtesy
    5. Castiglione's Cortegiano: the dialogue as a drama of doubt
    6. The changing form of the Italian renaissance dialogue
    7. The theory and practice of the dialogue in counter-Reformation Italy
    8. From the 'girevole strada' to the straight and narrow path
    9. From the open dialogue to the closed book.

  • Author

    Virginia Cox

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