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. 57, No. 1, Spring

Books Received
EDITIONS AND TRANSLATIONS: Aretino, Pietro. Cortigiana. Carleton Renaissance Plays in Translation 38. Ed. Raymond B. Waddington. Trans. Leonard G. Sbrocchi. Ottawa: Dovehouse Editions, Inc., 2003. 156 pp. append. illus. bibl. n.p. ISBN: 1-895537-70-3....
Creating Canons in Fifteenth-Century Ferrara: Angelo Decembrio's De Politia Litteraria, 1.10*
The formation of literary canons and their materialization in libraries constitute an intriguing aspect of learned culture in fifteenth-century Italy. The development of semipublic libraries was one of the enduring achievements of fifteenth-century...
On the Evolution of Toads in the French Renaissance*
Symbolic toads, like real ones, must adapt to their environment or die. The evolutionary development of toads as symbols of monarchical power in France from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries demonstrates this principle as metaphoric bufones...
The Beauties of the Land: Bale's Books, Aske's Abbeys, and the Aesthetics of Nationhood
"That's an ill phrase, a vile phrase, 'beautified' is a vile phrase." --Hamlet, 2.2.111-12 What is the place of beauty in the life of the nation, and of nationalist thought? What makes a nation aesthetically pleasing, and does it matter whether...
The Universities of the Renaissance and Reformation*
A persistent view holds that Renaissance universities were conservative homes of outmoded knowledge. Professors droned on about Aristotle when they should have been teaching Copernicus and Galileo. Innovative research and religious revolution went...