Writing Southern Italy Before the Renaissance: Trecento Historians of the Mezzogiorno, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Writing Southern Italy Before the Renaissance

Trecento Historians of the Mezzogiorno, 1st Edition

By Ronald G. Musto


302 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of 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

About the Author

Ronald G. Musto is co-publisher of Italica Press, former co-director of ACLS Humanities E-Book, former Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America, and editor of Speculum. He has recently been appointed Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of Bristol, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge

This series explores Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge (c.1400-c.1700) in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. The volumes published in this series study the individuals, communities and networks involved in making and communicating knowledge during the first age of globalization. Authors investigate the perceptions, practices and modes of behaviour which shaped Renaissance and Early Modern intellectual endeavour and examine the ways in which they reverberated in the political, cultural, social and economic sphere.

The series is interdisciplinary, comparative and global in its outlook. We welcome submissions from new as well as existing fields of Renaissance Studies, including the history of literature (including neo-Latin, European and non-European languages), science and medicine, religion, architecture, environmental and economic history, the history of the book, art history, intellectual history and the history of music. We are particularly interested in proposals that straddle disciplines and are innovative in terms of approach and methodology.

The series includes monographs, shorter works and edited collections of essays. The Society for Renaissance Studies (http://www.rensoc.org.uk) provides an expert editorial board, mentoring, extensive editing and support for contributors to the series, ensuring high standards of peer-reviewed scholarship. We welcome proposals from early career researchers as well as more established colleagues.

SRS Board Members: Erik DeBom (KU Leuven, Belgium), Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology, USA), Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), Peter Mack (University of Warwick, UK), Jennifer Richards (University of Newcastle, UK), Stefania Tutino (UCLA, USA), Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music, UK)

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact the History Editor, Max Novick (max.novick@taylorandfrancis.com), and the Series Editor, Harald Braun (h.e.braun@liv.ac.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Italy
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Renaissance