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"Beautifully written, richly documented, and philosophically nuanced, John J. Martin's Myths of Renaissance Individualism sets a new standard in the field of Renaissance studies...Martin explodes the anachronistic stereotypes of previous generations of scholarship concerning the Renaissance individual, and gives us a much-needed map of the frontiers of the early modern self."--Jon R. Snyder, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Martin's contribution to the much debated question of Renaissance individualism will be enormously stimulating to all students of the period. In my own field of the history of art, his recasting of the debate has particularly important implications for our reading of Renaissance portraiture. More generally, his central emphasis on the dynamic relationship in the period between inner self and social identity is relevant to a more balanced interpretation of every aspect of its visual culture." -- Peter Humfrey, University of St Andrews

"This is a major contribution to the study of Renaissance individualism. John Jeffries Martin offers a lively and readable revisionist account, which suggests that rather than being either autonomous or constructed, the Renaissance self is relational. Building from primarily Italian examples, Martin's study will be essential reading for all students of Renaissance culture and ideology."--Richard D. Brown, The Open University

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John Jeffries Martin is Professor of History at Trinity University.
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  • Series: Early Modern History
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403940959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403940957
  • ASIN: 023000640X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Chen on January 2, 2010
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Using the church documents of Inquisitions from the 16th-century Italy, Venice in particular, as the prisms into the lives and thoughts of the Renaissance Italy, the author sketches out 5 forms of selves, conforming, prudential, performative, porous and sincere, in the Renaissance period, dispelling the myths by both Burckhardt's notion of individualism, and the postmodern notion of fictive self, as being originated in this period. What emerges is an investigative-report style of narrative, and a protean and mosaic picture of the concept of self in the Renaissance Italy, not the coherent, well-defined individualism as portrayed by Burckhardt. This is a small volume, the main text only 133 pages, but well-argued, convincing and thought-provoking.
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