This translation of Tomaso Garzoni's Renaissance "best-seller" provides a rich and revealing window on 16th-century views of madness, foolishness, and social deviance. Garzoni's encyclopedic work is perhaps the most important contribution of the last half of the century to the "fools" genre to which Erasmus' Praise of Folly and Sebastian Brant's Ship of Fools also belong. Garzoni provides a spoof of academic writing on madness, with extensive "reviews of the medical literature" on certain types of madness. A final, intriguing section on the varieties of madness to be found in Garzoni's female "patients" reveals much about late-Renaissance attitudes towards women.
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DANIELA PASTINA received her Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Chicago in 2005. An Italian native, she earned a Laurea in Modern Languages from the University di Roma, Italy in 1990 and ù after being awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1993 ù an M.A. in English literature from the University of New Hampshire. She has translated Francesco Patrizi's Philosophy of Love in collaboration with John Crayton, and has published scholarly articles on Italian literature, film, and opera.
JOHN W. CRAYTON is a research psychiatrist whose major research activities have been the exploration of the nature of severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression. For the past ten years he has been exploring the history of psychiatric nosology and the expression of madness across cultures and societies.
MONICA CALABRITTO is Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Hunter College, City University of New York. Her research focuses on the notion of 16th-century madness in Italy as perceived and represented by members of the medical and the legal tradition, and by city chroniclers. She has written articles and essays on Tomaso Garzoni, gendered madness, Italian imprese, and melancholy.
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Book Description Mrts, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 251 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0866984003
Book Description Mrts, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0866984003