Perspectives on Early Modern and Modern Intellectual History

Perspectives on Early Modern and Modern Intellectual History

Melinda Schlitt

Edited by Joseph Marino


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University of Rochester Press



A collection of essays bringing together several disciplines and historical periods focusing on Renaissance Humanism, Histories of Art, and Rhetorics, Philosophies, and Histories.
Perspectives on Early and Modern Intellectual History brings together several disciplines and historical periods, and three generations of scholars to celebrate the pedagogical and scholarly career of Nancy Struever, who taught in the Humanities Center and Department of History at The John Hopkins University. Twenty-three essays reflect the breadth of disciplinary competence and the standards of scholarly rigor that Stuever instilled in her students and demonstrates in her scholarship. The book is organized around three divisional areas of inquiry: Renaissance Humanism, Histories of Art, and Rhetorics, Philosophies, and Histories.

The first part includes studies on Shakespeare and Ariosto; essays on Machiavelli, Caterina da Siena, and Lorenzo Valla; and Manetti on the library of Nicholas V. The section on histories of art contains contributions on L.B. Alberti, on early modern spectacle and the performance of images, and on rhetoric and art. The third section continues with discussions of rhetoric, history, and literature from a more theoretical viewpoint. The book concludes with a bibliography of Stuever's works.

Authors include: Marvin Becker, Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle, Salvatore Camporeale, F. Edward Cranz, Elizabeth Cropper, Marc Fumaroli, Thomas M. Greene, Michael Ann Holly, J. G. A. Pocock, Charles Trinkaus, and Hayden White.

Joseph Marino is an independent scholar and is with Current Analysis in Virginia.
Melinda Schlitt is Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, Dickinson College.


January 2001
640 pages
9x6 in
ISBN: 9781580460620
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS037030, HIS037020
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Table of Contents

The Studia Humanitatis and Litterae in Cicero and Leonardo Bruni - C. Edward Cranz
Poggio Bracciolini versus Lorenzo Valla: The Orationes in Laurentium Vallam - Salvatore Camporeale
An Ambivalent Papalism: Peter in the Sermons of Nicholas of Cusa - Thomas Izbicki
Machiavelli and the Humanist Anthropological Tradition - Charles Trinkaus
What Do Athens and Jerusalem Have to Do with Rome? Giannozzo Manetti on the Library of Nicholas V - Christine Smith
Caterina da Siena and the Legacy of Humanism - Jane Tylus
A Renaissance in the Vernacular: Baldassar Castiglione's Coining of the aulic - Joe Marino
Deaf Signs, Renaissance Texts - Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle
Ariosto's Cinque Canti and the Threat to Europe - Elizabeth Watson
Ceremonial Closure in Shakespeare's Plays - Thomas Greene
On the Identity of "Masaccio" in L. B. Alberti's Dedication of Della pittura - Mary Pardo
Early Modern Spectacle and the Performance of Images - Karen-edis Barzman
Ancients and Moderns: Alessandro Tassoni, Francesco Scannelli, and the Experience of Modern Art - Elizabeth Cropper
The Rhetoric of Remembrance - Michael Ann Holly
Rhetoric: Disciplina or Epistemology? Nancy Struever and Writing the History of Medieval and Renaissance Rhetoric - John Ward
Sacred Rhetoric and Appeals to the Passions: A Northern Italian View - Jean Dietz Moss
Making Philosophy Worldly in the London Periodical about 1700 - Larry Klein
Language on a Holy Day: Moses Mendelssohn's Jerusalem and the Temporality of Language - Peter Fenves
Medieval Kings at the Court of Charles I: Thomas May's Verse Histories - John Pocock
"Thinking" Civil Society in Scotland from Adam Smith to the Edinburgh Review, 1750-1832 - Marc Fumaroli
Comparare: Considerations on a Levian Practice - Hayden White