Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn by Ann Moss

Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn

byAnn Moss

Hardcover | January 21, 2004

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Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn provides an entirely new look at an era of radical change in the history of West European thought, the period between 1480 and 1540, mainly in France and Germany. The lens for this novel perspective is the Latin language shift, from the Latin idiomin which late medieval intellectual inquiry was conducted to the reinvented classical idiom aggressively promoted and finally imposed by the humanists. This is not a narrow philological study of language change. The book's main thesis is that the Latin language turn was not only concurrent withother aspects of change, but was a fundamental instrument in reconfiguring horizons of thought, reformulating paradigms of argument, and rearticulating the relationship between fiction and truth. The book examines particularly crucial documents by a few major figures (Erasmus, Lefevre d'Etaples,Melanchthon), but it is original in the way it brings to the fore the contributions of secondary writers who rarely find their way into general histories of the period, but who are important markers of stages in the shift that the book is charting, and hence of the overall change that shift helpedto engineer. The book is very wide-ranging in its scope. Many of its topics feature for the first time in a synthesizing account of the intellectual history of the period. They include the history of Latin dictionaries and phrase-books; discourses of theological debate and popular piety; thechanging ground-rules for religious disputation; early ventures in literary criticism; the emergence of personal subjectivity and a new religious sensibility; and the posthumous fortunes and misfortunes of a major saint.

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Ann Moss is Professor of French and Head of the School of Modern European Languages at Durham University. Her publications include: Ovid in Renaissance France: a Survey of the Latin Editions of Ovid and Commentaries published before 1600 (London: The Warburg Institute, 1982) Poetry and Fable: Studies in Mythological Narrative in Si...

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Title:Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language TurnFormat:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:January 21, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Words: Dictionaries3. Words: Phrases4. Words: Composition5. Arguments: Paris6. Arguments: Leipzig (and elsewhere)7. Arguments: Common places8. Narration: Producing narrative9. Narration: Reading fiction10. Narration: Turning inward11. CodaBibliographyIndex

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"Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn has been redacted with the utmost care. Moss illustrates her argumentation with numerous quotations from the primary sources that are conveniently translated, but are often given in Latin as well in footnote, so that the reader can check for himself....extremely interesting, erudite, compact, and well-written."--Renaissance Quarterly "With great erudition Moss studies the problem of two Latins in the early 16th century.... The illuminating clarity with which Moss shows the linguistic debates at work is new and exciting.... Essential."--Choice "A highly original and meticulous study.... Essentially intellectual history of an important period from an unusual and unusually enlightening perspective."--Bibliotheeque d'Humanisme et Renaissance