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A Local Habitation and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance

Albert Russell Ascoli


Focusing on major authors and problems from the Italian fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, from Petrarch and Boccaccio to Machiavelli, Ariosto and Tasso, this book examines the unstable dialectic of “reality” and “imagination,” as well as “history” and “literature.” The book identifies and interprets the ways in which literary texts are shaped by and serve the purposes of multiple, intertwined historical contexts, and it equally probes the function of such texts in constructing, interpreting, critiquing, and effacing the histories in which they are embedded. Throughout, the book poses the the ... More

Keywords: Italian middle ages, Renaissance, literature and history, literary history, imagination, formalism, historicism, individual, society, gender, intellectuals, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823234288
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albert Russell Ascoli, author
Department of Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley