The Court and Its Critics: Anti-Court Sentiments in Early Modern Italy

By Paola Ugolini

© 2020

Anti-courtly discourse furnished a platform for discussing some of the most pressing questions of early modern Italian society. The court was the space that witnessed a new form of negotiation of identity and prestige, the definition of masculinity and of gender-specific roles, the birth of modern politics and of an ethics based on merit and on individual self-interest.

The Court and Its Critics analyzes anti-courtly critiques using a wide variety of sources including manuals of courtliness, dialogues, satires, and plays, from the mid-fifteenth to the early seventeenth century. The book is structured around four key figures that embody different features of anti-courtly sentiments. The figure of the courtier shows that sentiments against the court were present even among those who apparently benefitted from such a system of power. The court lady allows an investigation of the intertwining between anti-courtliness and anti-feminism. The satirist and the shepherd of pastoral dramas are investigated as attempts to fashion two different forms of a new self for the court intellectual.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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The Court and Its Critics focuses on the disillusionment with courtliness, the derision of those who live at court, and the open hostility toward the court, themes common to Renaissance culture.

The Court and Its Critics: Anti-Court Sentiments in Early Modern Italy

By Paola Ugolini

© 2020

Anti-courtly discourse furnished a platform for discussing some of the most pressing questions of early modern Italian society. The court was the space that witnessed a new form of negotiation of identity and prestige, the definition of masculinity and of gender-specific roles, the birth of modern politics and of an ethics based on merit and on individual self-interest.

The Court and Its Critics analyzes anti-courtly critiques using a wide variety of sources including manuals of courtliness, dialogues, satires, and plays, from the mid-fifteenth to the early seventeenth century. The book is structured around four key figures that embody different features of anti-courtly sentiments. The figure of the courtier shows that sentiments against the court were present even among those who apparently benefitted from such a system of power. The court lady allows an investigation of the intertwining between anti-courtliness and anti-feminism. The satirist and the shepherd of pastoral dramas are investigated as attempts to fashion two different forms of a new self for the court intellectual.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Paola Ugolini is an assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1. The Courtier
    2. The Lady
    3. The Satirist
    4. The Shepherd

    Afterword

    Bibliography

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