Italian Studies 433 SEICENTO By Letizia Panizza , Royal Holloway College, London, and Domenico Chiodo , University of Turin (This survey covers the years 1999 and 2000) 1. General Andrea Battistini, Il barocco, Ro, Salerno, 330 pp., surveys the main aspects of high culture of the Baroque in Italy: from painting to sculpture, theatre to rhetoric, and architecture to music. The author argues that contemporary scholars can appreciate more than those of earlier generations characteristic features of the Baroque such as love of contradiction and paradox, of hyperbole and the grotesque, and the acceptance of uncertainty. The emergence of the collector on a grand scale and the encyclopaedist are also considered, as well as themes such as the world as theatre, the search for nature’s secrets, and the obsession with death. Stefania Buccini, Sentimento della morte dal barocco al declino dei lumi, Ravenna, Longo, 211 pp., carries forward into the 17th, 18th and early 19th c. the earlier study of Alberto Tenenti on the ‘sentimento della morte’ in the Renaissance, though here there is no corresponding ‘amore della vita’. The pervasiveness of macabre themes is a distinguishing feature of erotic poetry, religious/devotional texts, and libertine narratives, not to mention
The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies – Brill
Published: Dec 20, 2000
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