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Author Skenazi, Cynthia, author

Title Aging gracefully in the Renaissance : stories of later life from Petrarch to Montaigne / by Cynthia Skenazi
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (178 pages) : 1 color illustration
Series Medieval and Renaissance authors and texts ; volume 11
Medieval and Renaissance authors and texts ; volume 11
Contents A sound mind in a healthy body. Galen ; Petrarch ; Ficino and Zerbi ; Cornaro ; Erasmus ; Montaigne ; Conclusion -- The circulation of power and knowledge. Petrarch ; Castiglione ; Montaigne ; Conclusion -- Love in old age. Petrarch ; Ronsard ; Montaigne ; Pasquier; Conclusion -- Then and now. The care of the aging self ; Erasmus's colloquium The old men's chat" ; A way of life and a mode of discourse : the case of Montaigne ; In vino veritas
Summary In 'Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance: Stories of Later Life from Petrarch to Montaigne' Cynthia Skenazi explores a shift in attitudes towards aging and provides a historical perspective on a crucial problem of our time. From the late fourteenth to the end of the sixteenth centuries, the elderly subject became a point of new social, medical, political, and literary attention on both sides of the Alps. A movement of secularization tended to dissociate old age from the Christian preparation for death, re-orienting the concept of aging around pragmatic matters such as health care, intergenerational relationships, and accrued insights one might wish to pass along. Such changes were accompanied by an increasing number of personal accounts of later life
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Subject European literature -- Renaissance, 1450-1600 -- History and criticism.
Aging in literature.
Aging -- Europe -- History.
Older people -- Europe -- History.
Form Electronic book
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