W. S. Blanchard et A. Severi (éd.), Renaissance Encyclopaedism: Studies in Curiosity and Ambition

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W. Scott Blanchard et Andrea Severi (éd.), Renaissance Encyclopaedism: Studies in Curiosity and Ambition, Toronto, 2018.

Éditeur : CRRS publications
467 pages
ISBN : 978-0-7727-2189-1


The information explosion of the last two decades has triggered an interest in the historical precursors of such a phenomenon. We are conditioned to some extent to associate the origins of the modern encyclopedia with the efforts of the French philosophe Denis Diderot in the eighteenth century, and to travel back even further in time for pre-modern examples of the encyclopedia to the thirteenth century, to the great collections of knowledge of scholastic figures like Vincent of Beauvais. For a variety of reasons that are explored in this volume, Renaissance humanists differed from their scholastic predecessors in their attitudes toward knowledge, their practices of compilation and organization, and the goals towards which they oriented their scholarly pursuits.




Introduction: Facets of Renaissance Encyclopaedism – W. Scott Blanchard and Andrea Severi

Roman Context

1. “Talking about Everything is a Nearly Infinite Task”: Encyclopaedism and Specialization in Lorenzo Valla's Elegantie Lingue Latine – Clementina Marsico

2. The Learned Encyclopaedism of Giovanni Tortelli – Paola Tomè

3. Roma Instaurata. Italia illustrata, Roma Triumphans: Flavio Biondo's Encyclopaedic Project for a Dictionary of Antiquities – Anne Raffarin

Encyclopaedism in Bologna

4. Encyclopaedism and Philology in Humanistic Bologna – Loredana Chines

5. “Since They know and profess the entire encyclopaedia”: New and Old Encyclopaedism in Codro Urceo's Satirical Sermo primus – Andrea Severi

Angelo Poliziano

6. A New Beginning: Poliziano's Panepistemon – Annarita Angelini

7. Poliziano between Philology and Poetry – W. Scott Blanchard

Encyclopaedism in the Sixteenth Century and in Northern Europe

8. Virtu and the Physician: Giorgio Valla's De expetendis et fugiendis rebus opus – Dustin Mengelkoch

9. When the Proverb Collection Became an Encyclopaedia: Erasmus of Rotterdam and Arsenius Apostolis – Lorenzi M. Ciolfi

10. Erasmus' Adagia: A Cultural Encyclopaedia – David Marsh

11. Producing Knowledge: Guillaume Budé‘s Encyclopaedic Horizon – Luigi-Alberto Sanchi


The Editors:

Scott Blanchard is Professor of English at Misericordia University. He is the author of Scholars' Bedlam: Menippean Satire in the Renaissance (Bucknell University Press, 1995) and translator of Francesco Filelfo's dialogue On Exile for the I Tatti Renaissance Library Series (Harvard University Press, 2013).

Andrea Severi is research fellow at the University of Bologna. He is the author of Filippo Beroaldo il Vecchio un maestro per l'Europa. Da commentatore di classici a classico moderno (1481-1550) (Il Mulino, 2015) and editor of the critical edition of Baptista Mantuanus's Adolescentia (Bononia University Press, 2010).



Source : Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies


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