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Renaissance Posthumanism

Joseph Campana and Scott Maisano


This collection of essays argues that contemporary “critical posthumanisms,” even as they distance themselves from particular iconic representations of the Renaissance (e.g. Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man), may in fact be moving ever closer to ideas of “the human” as at once embedded and embodied in, evolving with, and de-centered amid a weird tangle of animals, environments, and vital materiality in works from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century. Too often contemporary work in posthumanism presents itself as a rejection of Renaissance humanism when what it rejects is a straw man—albe ... More

Keywords: Pico della Mirandola, human, posthumanism, Rabelais, Renaissance humanism, Shakespeare, Titian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823269556
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Campana, editor
Rice University

Scott Maisano, editor
University of Massachusetts, Boston