Wonders, Marvels, and Monsters in Early Modern Culture

Synopsis

""The marvelous follows us always" - or so the Italian philosopher Francesco Patrizi asserted in 1587. The essays in this book collectively make the case that this assertion could be an epigraph for the Renaissance. For Wonder was a concept absolutely central to the early modern period. Encompassing both inquiry and astonishment, "wonder" indeed followed the Renaissance everywhere - into redefinitions of the mind, the body, art, literature, the known world. Often called the age of discovery, the Renaissance should also be seen as the age of the marvelous. However, defining just what la maraviglia would have meant for Patrizi and his age is no small task. This volume, then, seeks to explore early modern views of wonder and the marvelous by revealing the complexity of la maraviglia in the Renaissance." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Peter G. Platt
  • James V. Mirollo
  • David Summers
  • Lorraine Daston
  • Stephen Greenblatt
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Newark, DE
Publication year:
  • 1999

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