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On the importance of being an individual in Renaissance Italy : men, their professions, and their beards

Author: Douglas Biow
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2015]
Series: Haney Foundation series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In recent decades, scholars have vigorously revised Jacob Burckhardt's notion that the free, untrammeled, and essentially modern Western individual emerged in Renaissance Italy. Douglas Biow does not deny the strong cultural and historical constraints that placed limits on identity formation in the early modern period. Still, as he contends in this witty, reflective, and generously illustrated book, the category of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas Biow
ISBN: 9780812246711 0812246713
OCLC Number: 891718200
Description: xii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Contents: Part I. Professionalism: Professionaly speaking: the value of Ars and Arte in Renaissance Italy --
reflections on the historical reach of Techne --
Reflections on professions and humanism in Renaissance Italy and the humanties today --
part II. Mavericks: Constructing a Maverick physician in print: reflections on the peculiar case of Leonardo Fioravanti's writings --
Visualizing cleanliness, visualizing washerwomen in Venice and Renaissance Italy: reflections on the peculiar case of Jacopo Tintoretto's Jews in the Desert --
part III. Beards: Facing the day: reflections on a sudden change in fashion and the magisterial beard --
Manly matters: reflections on Giordano Bruno's Candelaio, and the theatrical and social function of beards in sixteenth-century Italy.
Series Title: Haney Foundation series.
Responsibility: Douglas Biow.

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Arguing that the notion of individuality is central to understanding Renaissance Italy, Douglas Biow examines the ways that men of the period asserted their individuated selves, such as becoming  Read more...

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"An elegant, erudite, and polemical book that most assuredly makes an important contribution to the literature on Renaissance individuality and male identity."-James R. Farr, Purdue University Read more...

 
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