Chapter

Rediscovering Individuality

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226184647.003.0006
Rediscovering Individuality

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Erasmus stakes an editorial career on his ability to distinguish Jerome's writing from that of not only bumbling imitators but consummate forgers. Petrarch's discovery of a rhetoric and hermeneutics of intimacy as part of his epistolary project—a discovery passed on to northern Europe through Erasmus's educational and religious reform and refitted by Montaigne to vernacular specifications—is made possible. This chapter shows that the rhetorical and hermeneutical intimacy embraced by these humanists was a matter of style—that their concept of style was capacious enough to include the various forms and fashions that reveal the mind of the writer in all its individuality.

Keywords: individuality; hermeneutical intimacy; forms; educational reform; fashions; rhetoric

Chapter.  2394 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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