Renaissance Quarterly

A journal covering art, literature, and history of the Renaissance for the academic audience. Contains research studies, review essays, and book reviews. Features literary works and themes, as well as specialized studies in the arts, religion, and social

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 1, Spring

Ben Jonson, Revisited. (Review Essay)
********** The renaissance in Ben Jonson studies has been the reassessment of his late work sparked by Anne Barton's Ben Jonson, Dramatist, published in 1984. There has been comparatively little genuinely new work on Jonson's middle plays and some...
Dante as Piagnone Prophet: Girolamo Benivieni's "Cantico in Laude Di Dante" (1506)
********** The 1506 edition of Dante's Divine Comedy is the only Florentine production of the complete work between 1481 and 1595. (1) Like its 1481 predecessor with its tour-de-force of patriotic and allegorical interpretation by Cristoforo Landino,...
Dutch Proverbs and Expressions in Erasmus' Adages, Colloquies, and Letters (*)
********** The interaction and competition between Latin and the vernaculars is a fascinating feature of the Renaissance and the Reformation. Many authors were bilingual; the names of Petrarch, More, and Milton spring to mind, not to mention Luther,...
More from "The Other Voice" in Early Modern Europe. (Review Essay)
********** The relative novelty of women's studies, not recognized as a discipline before the 1970s, is overshadowed by its prominence in the curricula of today. Courses in the liberal arts take account of the different experiences of men and women;...
Perche Non Si USA Allegare I Romani: Machiavelli and the Florentine Militia of 1506
********** The profound crisis the Florentine republic experienced at the turn of the Cinquecento paved the way for far-reaching constitutional, economic and military reforms. On 1 November 1502 the office of gonfalonier, the Republic's highest...
Political Views in the Preaching of Giovanni Dominici in Renaissance Florence, 1400-1406. (*)
INTRODUCTION In a letter to the well-known merchant, Francesco Datini, Chiara Gambacorta, a nun from an aristocratic Pisan family, wrote: I know that the venerable preacher, our father, the Friar Giovanni Dominici, will preach in our central...
Psalm Culture in the English Renaissance: Readings of Psalm 137 by Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, and Others (*)
********** 1. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 2. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. 3. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they...
The Diabolical Adventures of Don Quixote, or Self-Exorcism and the Rise of the Novel (*)
********** The pervasive allusions in Don Quijote to demonological treatises reveal a level of intertextual confusion in Don Quixote's mind that has not been explored in detail. Written in the vernacular, these treatises provided specifically Spanish...
The Idea of Community in Renaissance Italy
********** In the Communal Library of Udine there is a thick file titled, "Depositions of witnesses to a brawl that took place in Buia, 1516." (1) The first document in the file reads: Before Us the Illustrious and Most Gracious Lord, Knight,...