The Italian Renaissance
A Zest for Life

Edited by Michel Jeanneret and Nicolas Ducimetière

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

15 May 2017  •  150pp

ISBN: 978-1-781884-45-4 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781884-46-1 (paperback, 30 September 2018)  •  RRP £9.99, $12.50, €12.50

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The Italian Renaissance marks the beginning of the modern era in Western Europe. New energies are liberated, transforming the fabric of society, intellectual life, and indeed the whole vision of the world. Artists and writers bear witness to and actively participate in the unfolding dynamics and thereby play an important role in shaping the present.

Through its exceptional collection of books of Renaissance Italian poetry, the Barbier-Mueller Foundation plays a dynamic role in awakening and remoulding our con­scious­ness of what is unquestionably a key moment in European culture. The Foundation has invited a fascinating array of major writers and scholars to explore this inheritance by writing freely and creatively on the subject, whether in the form of fiction, historical reverie or personal meditation.

The contributors are Etienne Barilier, Lina Bolzoni, Yves Bonnefoy, Michel Butor, Dominique Fernandez, Adrien Goetz, Michel Jeanneret, Nadeije Laneyrie-Dagen, Carlo Ossola, Pascal Quignard, Francisco Rico, Cesare Segre, Lionello Sozzi, Edna Stern, Carlo Vecce, and Marina Warner.

Reviews:

  • ‘This is a Renaissance that triumphantly emerges from the dark ages of medieval Europe, bringing with it the birth of an ideal society guided by beauty and love, thus giving rise to one of the most extraordinary creative seasons of poetry, architecture, and art that the world has ever known... Yves Bonnefoy gives a moving account of his youthful discovery, in a still deserted post-war Florence, of the Brancacci Chapel... The most remarkable pages, however, of these many and memorable contributions are those by Michel Butor, sadly deceased in the same year in which the book was published. Always concerned with ‘micro-événements’ [...] Butor simply fixes his (and our) attention on every tiny detail of Antonello da Messina’s Renaissance image of the Middle Ages in his painting of Saint Jerome in his Study, reading (one presumes) his own historic translation of the Bible. The sense of this descriptive tour de force becomes clear in a final poem in which Butor identifies himself with Antonello.’ — Hilary Gatti, Modern Language Review 113.4, October 2018, 887-89 (full text online)

Contents:

1
Introduction: Crossing the Mountains
Michel Jeanneret
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2
La Lippina
Etienne Barilier
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3
Geneva and New York: Two Places of Memory for Pietro Bembo and Ginevra de’ Benci
Lina Bolzoni
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4
The Brancacci Chapel: Florence and Poetry
Yves Bonnefoy
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5
Saint Jerome Reading
Michel Butor
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6
The Dwarf
Nadeije Laneyrie-Dagen
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7
What Was Re-born during the Renaissance?
Dominique Fernandez
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8
The Meteorite of Orgueil
Adrien Goetz
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9
Niccolò to Himself
Carlo Ossola
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10
Petrarch in Naples
Pascal Quignard
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11
Petrarch on Stage
Francisco Rico
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12
Ludovico’s Secret: A Fantasy
Cesare Segre
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13
A Feast on Île Barbe: The Italians at the Court of France
Lionello Sozzi
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14
Montaigne in Rome: A Fantasy in Four Voices
Edna Stern
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15
Dark Shadows from the Youth of Giordano Bruno
Carlo Vecce
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16
Filigrana Italiana
Marina Warner
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Bibliography entry:

Jeanneret, Michel, and Nicolas Ducimetière (eds), The Italian Renaissance: A Zest for Life (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017)

First footnote reference: 35 The Italian Renaissance: A Zest for Life, ed. by Michel Jeanneret and Nicolas Ducimetière (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Jeanneret and Ducimetière, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Jeanneret, Michel, and Nicolas Ducimetière (eds). 2017. The Italian Renaissance: A Zest for Life (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Jeanneret and Ducimetière 2017: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Jeanneret and Ducimetière 2017: 21.

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