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Title: The Renaissance Dialogue
Subtitle: Literary Dialogue in its Social and Political Contexts, Castiglione to Galileo
Written By: Virginia Cox
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture 2
Description:

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

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521069663
Prices: U.K. £ 17.99
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