Myths of Renaissance Individualism (Early Modern History: Society and Culture) (Hardcover)

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The idea that the Renaissance witnessed the emergence of the modern individual remains a powerful myth. In this important new book Martin examines the Renaissance self with attention to both social history and literary theory and offers a new typology of Renaissance selfhood which was at once collective, performative and porous. At the same time, he stresses the layered qualities of the Renaissance self and the salient role of interiority and notions of inwardness in the shaping of identity. Myths of Renaissance Individualism, in short, will interest students not only of history but also of art history, literature, music, philosophy, psychology and religion.

About the Author

JOHN JEFFRIES MARTIN is Chair and Professor of History at Trinity University. He is the author of Venice's Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City, editor of The Renaissance: Italy and Abroad; and co-editor (with Dennis Romano) of Venice Reconsidered: The History and Civilisation of an Itlian City-State.

Praise For…

"Beautifully written, richly documented, and philosophically nuanced, John J. Martin's Myths of Renaissance Individualism sets a new standard in the field of Renaissance studies...Martin explodes the anachronistic stereotypes of previous generations of scholarship concerning the Renaissance individual, and gives us a much-needed map of the frontiers of the early modern self." -- Professor Jon R. Snyder, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Martin's contribution to the much debated question of Renaissance individualism will be enormously stimulating to all students of the period. In my own field of the history of art, his recasting of the debate has particularly important implications for our reading of Renaissance portraiture. More generally, his central emphasis on the dynamic relationship in the period between inner self and social identity is relevant to a more balanced interpretation of every aspect of its visual culture." -- Peter Humfrey, Professor of Art History, University of St Andrews

"This is a major contribution to the study of Renaissance individualism. John Jeffries Martin offers a lively and readable revisionist account, which suggests that rather than being either autonomous or constructed, the Renaissance self is relational. Building from primarily Italian examples, Martin's study will be essential reading for all students of Renaissance culture and ideology."--Richard D. Brown, Department of Literature, The Open University

Product Details
ISBN: 9780333643082
ISBN-10: 0333643089
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: June 21st, 2004
Pages: 187
Language: English
Series: Early Modern History: Society and Culture