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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 <>
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

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 fromthe early sixteenth century until Galileo. Drawing on a wide range ofsources, it examines the characteristics which determined the genre'sunrivalled popularity in the period as a vehicle for polemic, debate,technical exposition and comic drama. More than simply an account of thedevelopment of an individual literary genre, however, the book is acontribution to the broader social and cultural history of the period. Asrepresentations of conversation, miniature dramas of persuasion, thedialogues of the Italian Renaissance constitute an extraordinarily rich -and largely untapped - source of information about the ideals and practiceof communication in the early modern age.

From the hardback review: 'This book is of enormous value to Renaissanceliterary 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 andcontrol;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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