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The idea of the Renaissance
Kerrigan, William, 1943-
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Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [1989]

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xiii, 261 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Central Library CB361 .K37 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Awarded the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize of the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference."The writing draws on a considerable reserve of erudition and grace (the stylistic kind) so skillfully exhibited in each author's past work... . Their familiar audience will not be disappointed by this impressively readable collaboration."--Christopher Martin, Sixteenth-Century Journal.

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This book is based on an English course that Kerrigan and Braden offered together at the University of Virginia. Beginning with a full exposition of Jacob Burckhardt's The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1890), the authors trace his story of emergent individualism through the philosophical writings of Nicolas of Cusa, Ficino, Pico, and Descartes. They conclude their adept survey of the period with two long and exceptionally rich chapters on English love poetry, including the first love story of all as it appears in Milton's Paradise Lost. The volume overlaps partially in intention and coverage with Joseph Mazzeo's fine Renaissance and Revolution (CH, Mar '66) but is finally quite different in its underlying Freudianism and its many striking juxtapositions of Renaissance and postmodernist thought. Copious notes, from which even specialists will pick up a few tips; full index. A spirited and wide-ranging work, often a model of exposition (as in its chapter on Nicolas of Cusa), this highly recommended work is an essential acquisition for all academic collections and for larger public libraries. -E. D. Hill, Mount Holyoke College

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