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LINGUIST List 19.2426

Mon Aug 04 2008

Books: Ling&Literature: Cox

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Renaissance Dialogue: Cox


Message 1: The Renaissance Dialogue: Cox
Date: 04-Aug-2008
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Renaissance Dialogue: Cox
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Title: The Renaissance Dialogue
Subtitle: Literary Dialogue in its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to Galileo
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 2
Published: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Virginia Cox
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521069663 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 17.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521069663 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 32.99
Abstract:

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.


Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Written In: English (eng )

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