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Item Number: 146360
Title: Writing Southern Italy Before the Renaissance
Author: Musto, Ronald G
Price: Not Available
ISBN: 9781138702516
Description: London: Routledge, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 302pp., 21 b&w illus

Summary: This volume traces the work of trecento historians of the Mezzogiorno, analyzing it through current methodological and theoretical frameworks. Questioning the current consensus, the book examines how the South as a cultural "other" began evolving over the fourteenth century, and reconsiders the nineteenth-century "Southern Question" concerning the Mezzogiorno’s history, culture and people and its lingering negative image in Europe and America. It also focuses on specific histories, authors and historiographical issues, and reviews how new understandings of the Mediterranean have begun to alter our perceptions of the South in a new global context and as the basis for new historical research.

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Historians: Their Lives and Works 3. Sources 4. Narrative Communities and Strategies 5. The Impact of Romance 6. Visual Evidence 7. Case Studies 8. Constructing Grand Narratives: The Black Legend of the Angevins 9. Medieval to Renaissance: The Historiographical Question 10. Conclusions. (Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge)

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