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The Resource Cosmopoiesis : the Renaissance experiment, Giuseppe Mazzotta

Cosmopoiesis : the Renaissance experiment, Giuseppe Mazzotta

Label
Cosmopoiesis : the Renaissance experiment
Title
Cosmopoiesis
Title remainder
the Renaissance experiment
Statement of responsibility
Giuseppe Mazzotta
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Cosmopoiesis means world-making, and in this erudite, polemical book, Professor Mazzotta traces how major medieval and Renaissance thinkers invented their worlds through utopias, magic, science, art, and theatre. The Renaissance is usually read from a Cartesian or Hegelian (via Burckhardt) perspective. It is viewed as a time of individualities or it is studied in terms of disembodied ideas and abstract forms. Mazzotta calls for a new approach: the necessity to study the Renaissance in terms of the ongoing conversation of the arts and sciences. His is an encyclopedic grasp that takes into consideration literature, philosophy, politics, history, and theology. The book's theoretical premise lies in the thought of the eighteenth-century Italian philosopher, Giambattista Vico. Vico's own reading of the Renaissance, available in his New Science, is obliquely, yet clearly reproposed as the alternate interpretive key for opening up the deeper imaginative concerns of this extraordinary period of Western history. By a series of rigorous textual analyses that range from Poliziano to Ariosto, from Machiavelli to Bacon, to Shakespeare and Cervantes, "Cosmopoiesi"s highlights the ongoing dialogue between literature and philosophy (or literature and science, or, in Vichian terms, philology and philosophy) in some of the central texts of the time. In this dialogue across time and the barriers of space, the esthetic world - the world of the pastoral, romances, epics, utopian fictions, the theatre, and the lyric - far from signalling an evasion from history, is steadily and vitally engaged with the most pressing exigencies of the time. Consistently, the analyses conducted in "Cosmopoiesis" come to grips with these exigencies: the power of science, the relationship between politics and science, and the emergence of a new ethics in the midst of the secretive techniques by new elites in their exercise of political power. Above all, these central texts argue for a necessary reconstitution of the unity of knowledge, for the "encyclopedic" compass of the arts and sciences. The retrieval of this unity is made possible by reclaiming a role for the esthetic or contemplative mode of thought which underlies and shapes the most creative achievements in the world of making
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Cataloging source
CaOTU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
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Mazzotta, Giuseppe
Dewey number
809/.894/09031
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN721
LC item number
.M39 2001eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • Emilio Goggio publication series
  • Toronto Italian studies
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  • European literature
  • Italian literature
  • Philosophy, Renaissance
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • European literature
  • Italian literature
  • Philosophy, Renaissance
  • Wereldbeeld
  • Maatschappijbeeld
  • Experimenten
  • Renaissance
  • Letterkunde
  • Literatur
  • Aufsatzsammlung
  • Renaissance
  • Italienisch
Label
Cosmopoiesis : the Renaissance experiment, Giuseppe Mazzotta
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Lectures entitled Constructing worlds : Renaissance experiment, delivered at Victoria College on Oct. 7, 14, and 21, 1999 and one additional essay
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Poliziano's Orfeo : the world as fable -- Ariosto and Machiavelli : real worlds/imaginary worlds -- Adventures of Utopia : Campanella, Bacon, and The tempest -- The Ludic perspective : Don Quixote and the Italian renaissance
Control code
244766707
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 106 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781282014541
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt55wgk
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)244766707
Label
Cosmopoiesis : the Renaissance experiment, Giuseppe Mazzotta
Publication
Note
Lectures entitled Constructing worlds : Renaissance experiment, delivered at Victoria College on Oct. 7, 14, and 21, 1999 and one additional essay
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Poliziano's Orfeo : the world as fable -- Ariosto and Machiavelli : real worlds/imaginary worlds -- Adventures of Utopia : Campanella, Bacon, and The tempest -- The Ludic perspective : Don Quixote and the Italian renaissance
Control code
244766707
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 106 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781282014541
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt55wgk
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)244766707

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