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The European Renaissance in American Life

The European Renaissance in American Life


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About the Book

An informative but light-hearted look at the popularity of the Renaissance today, this book was written by a Renaissance scholar intrigued with the way his subject continues to resonate outside the scholarly community. His purpose is to uncover and describe the many manifestations of America's love of the Renaissance. Why do millions don costumes to attend Renaissance Faires? Why do novels and films about the period enjoy continued popularity, as do Renaissance icons such as Elizabeth I, Michelangelo, Shakespeare and the Mona Lisa? How is it that American politicians and business leaders still look to Machiavelli as a symbol of wisdom-or of evil? Grendler posits that Americans embrace the Renaissance as a model of culture and sophistication, seeing it as confirmation that the individual can achieve greatness against long odds, a belief at the core of our own society.

After an examination of The Real Renaissance (1400-1620), the book looks at ways in which Americans relive the experience (including Faires and Living Last Suppers), ways in which we re-create the Renaissance in our own world, and finally, ways in which the Renaissance is portrayed, for better or worse, in fiction and film.


About the Author:

Paul F. Grendler is a distinguished scholar of the Italian Renaissance. The author of numerous books and editor in chief of Encyclopedia of the Renaissance and Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students, he has been president of three scholarly organizations including The Renaissance Society of America. He is currently a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society. Grendler taught at the University of Toronto for thirty-four years.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275984861
  • Publisher: Praeger
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 33 mm
  • Width: 164 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0275984869
  • Publisher Date: 01 Mar 2006
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 242 mm
  • No of Pages: 360
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 708 gr


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