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Canon-making and the Italian tradition of moral enquiry

Farneti, Roberto

"This paper will focus on the tradition which, departing to some degree from the
Renaissance treatises on manners, embodied, on the threshold of the modern age, a new
ideal of citizenship. I am especially interested in examining the influence of the Galateo
by Giovanni della Casa, the seminal text of a minor tradition of “moral enquiry” which I
plan to re-read and situate in a different context
. I will seek to show that this text is a
breakthrough within the tradition which originated from early-modern treatises on
courtesy. With the Galateo the age-old tradition of Courtesy Books is at a crossroad."

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Academic Units
Italian Academy
Publisher
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Series
Italian Academy Fellows' Seminar Working Papers
Published Here
March 31, 2011
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