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Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellowships in the Humanities
Adele Chatfield-Taylor, American Academy in Rome

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A Local Habitation and a Name: imagining histories in the Italian Renaissance (Book)
Title: A Local Habitation and a Name: imagining histories in the Italian Renaissance
Author: Albert Russell Ascoli
Abstract: Focusing on major authors and problems from the Italian fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, from Petrarch and Boccaccio to Machiavelli, Ariosto and Tasso, this book examines the unstable dialectic of reality and imagination, as well as of history and literature. The author identifies and interprets the ways in which literary texts are shaped by and serve the purposes of multiple, intertwined historical discourses and circumstances, and he equally probes the function of such texts in constructing, interpreting, critiquing, and effacing the histories in which they are embedded. Throughout, he poses the theoretical and methodological question of how formal analysis and literary forms can at once resist and further the historicist enterprise. Additionally, he interrogates the mechanisms of historical periodization that have governed for so long our study of what is called the Renaissance, which is sometimes referred to as the early modern period. He also addresses the period's own unstable version of the literature/history opposition, the place of gendered discourse in the construction of historical narratives (and vice versa), the elaborate formal strategies by which poets and intellectuals negotiate their relations to power, and, finally, the way in which proper names (of authors, works, and exemplary characters) serve as points of negotiation between individual identity and social order in the Renaissance. This volume brings to culmination two decades of thinking about some of the most important figures and questions that shaped the Renaissance, with emphasis on the question of history, including both the historical context of literature and the writing of literary history.
Year: 2011
Primary URL: http://
Publisher: Fordham University press
Type: Scholarly Edition
ISBN: 9780823234288
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art (Book)
Title: Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art
Author: Christopher Stewart Wood
Abstract: Wood shows that over the course of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, emerging replication technologies - such as woodcut, copper engraving, and movable type - altered the relationship between artifacts and time. Mechanization highlighted the dependence of all transmission processes on the artifice, materials, and individual authorship necessary to create an object, calling into question the replica's ability to represent a history that was not its own. Meanwhile, print catalyzed the new discipline of archaeological scholarship, which began to draw sharp distinctions between true and false claims about the past. Ultimately, as forged copies lost their value as historical evidence, they found a new identity as the deliberately fictional construct we have come to understand as the work of art.
Year: 2008
Primary URL:
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780226905976
Copy sent to NEH?: No