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Renaissance Obscenities

Managing editor Guillaume PEUREUX, Hugh ROBERTS, Lise WAJEMAN, Preface by Michel JEANNERET

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Although the French Renaissance has a persistant reputation for 'Rabelaisian' debauchery, there are few critical works devoted to analysing obscenity in sixteenth-century France. The studies collected here show how the notion of obscenity emerged during the French Renaissance through a process of contestation and change as the moral and social frames of reference on which the concept depends were not yet fixed. The word ‘obscène’ appears in French for the first time in the sixteenth century and obscenity spreads through very different contexts, from medicine to music and from farce to travel writing – all areas in which obscenity becomes a hermeneutic challenge, for it can only be defined through its effects and because it blurs the boundaries between action and representation. Hence the innately provocative nature of the obscene unleashes an energy which leads to a fundamental questioning of the basis of morality, of the function of works of art, and of human nature itself.


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Renaissance Obscenities

Renaissance Obscenities

Although the French Renaissance has a persistant reputation for 'Rabelaisian' debauchery, there are few critical works devoted to analysing obscenity in sixteenth-century France...

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Title Renaissance Obscenities
Edition First Edition
Volume 473
Managing editor Guillaume PEUREUX, Hugh ROBERTS, Lise WAJEMAN
Preface by Michel JEANNERET
ISSN 0082-6081
Issue 473
Language Français
Publisher Librairie Droz
Title First Published 04/1/2011
 
Format Hardback
ISBN-13 978-2-600-01466-3
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600014663
Reference no. 3-473
Publication Date 04/1/2011
Nb of pages 496
Illustrations 40 illustrations
Illustrations, black and white
Dimensions 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Weight 1250 gr
 
Format PDF
ISBN-13 978-2-600-11466-0
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600114660
Reference no. 3-473-pdf
Publication Date
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Format Hardback + PDF
ISBN-13 978-2-600-21466-7
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600214667
Reference no. 3-473-lot
Publication Date
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Dimensions 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Weight 1250 gr
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