Title: The Renaissance Dialogue
Subtitle: Literary Dialogue in its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 2
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Virginia Cox
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521069663 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 17.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521069663 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 32.99
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.
From the hardback review: 'This book is of enormous value to Renaissance literary and social historians.' -The Times Higher Education Supplement
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.