Introduction Rediscovering Style

Kathy Eden

in The Renaissance Rediscovery of Intimacy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226184623
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226184647 | DOI:
Introduction Rediscovering Style

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This chapter introduces the central role in this rediscovery of a number of recovered ancient texts, including Demetrius. This little bit of lineage sets in high relief how utterly foundational the genre of the so-called familiar letter is to the long heritage of Western literature. This letter only gradually and with difficulty invades the ancient ars rhetorica, grounded as it was in the adversarial nature of the oration, by the seventeenth century, epistolary writing has very nearly captured the larger literary field. It will even change the way early modern Christians read Scripture. Finally, the line of descent from Demetrius to Jonson places front and center the question of style. Renaissance theory adheres to its ancient sources. The intimacy rediscovered refers to a particular style of written communication. Furthermore, this chapter analyzes these practices as theorized by three of the most influential practitioners of the Renaissance, Petrarch, Erasmus, and Montaigne.

Keywords: rediscovery; intimacy; Renaissance theory; ancient sources; literature

Chapter.  4632 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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