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Myths of Renaissance Individualism (Early Modern History: Society and Culture)

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The idea that the Renaissance witnessed the emergence of the modern individual remains a powerful myth. In this important new book Martin examines the Renaissance self with attention to both social history and literary theory and offers a new typology of Renaissance selfhood which was at once collective, performative and porous. At the same time, he stresses the layered qu
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published June 21st 2004)
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Dan Gorman
Oct 27, 2016 Dan Gorman rated it it was ok
Meh. The idea that individualism is a historically specific concept is interesting. People in past eras — the Renaissance, in this case — conceived of their selves in different ways than we do today. Martin exhibits shades of Michel Foucault in his reject of a universally applicable definition of the self, except that Foucault would talk more about souls than selves (see: "Discipline and Punish"). To Martin, this means that the philosophy of individualism didn't develop until the Enlightenment. ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
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The Goodreads description of this book makes it sound seriously daunting, but this book is surprisingly readable and enjoyable. It's a very clear and level account of how the Renaissance wasn't the amazing explosions of individuality as it's sometimes described, but a more complicated interaction between people and the world around them.

It's nicely structured as well, with each chapter almost functioning as a case study or 'short story.' Definitely worth a read!
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