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Author Bolzoni, Lina.

Title The gallery of memory : literary and iconographic models in the age of the printing press / Lina Bolzoni ; translated by Jeremy Parzen
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2001]
©2001
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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 332 pages, viii pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Series Toronto Italian studies
Toronto Italian studies.
Contents Making Knowledge Visible: The Accademia Veneziana -- Federico Badoer and the Founding of the Accademia Veneziana -- The Editorial Program: The New Vernacular Literature and 'Ancient Knowledge' -- The Structure of the Visual Encyclopedia -- The Places of Knowledge: The Library and the Palazzo -- The Academy's Political Aspirations -- The Collapse of the Academy -- Trees of Knowledge and Rhetorical Machines -- The Easy Road to Knowledge or the Joy of Method -- The Tables of Sacred and Profane Rhetoric -- The Map of Possible Texts -- Orazio Toscanella: The Intellectual as Teacher and Publisher -- Against Pedants and in Support of the Vernacular and Useful, Helpful Books -- The Labyrinth of Words and the Order of the Library -- Rhetoric Machines -- The Art of Memory: Access to Rhetoric Machines -- Machines Used to Construct Sermons -- Memory Games -- The Game of Imitation -- The Metamorphosis of Writing: Calligraphy, Ciphers, and the Rebus -- Ciphered Codes and Images of Memory: The Model of the Machine and the Fascination with Secrets -- Games That Generate Texts -- Texts That Produce Games -- Body and Soul: The Nature of Images -- The Map of the Soul and Medicine for Memory -- The Power of Imagination and the Toil of Forgetting -- The Phantasmata of Eros and Images of Memory -- The Window Opening onto the Heart -- The Theatre of Passions between Memory, Rhetoric, and Physiognomy -- The Body and the Text -- How to Translate Words into Images: Memory and Invention -- The Memory of Images and Iconological Repertories
Summary Lina Bolzoni's impressive study of the memory culture of sixteenth-century Italy appears here for the first time in English translation. Since its original incarnation as La stanza della memoria: Modelli letterari e iconografici nell'et+ della stampa, published by Einaudi of Torino in 1995, Bolzoni's study has been praised by critics and ranked with the classic texts in its field - those by Paolo Rossi, Frances Yates and Mary Carruthers. The book takes as its starting point a striking paradox: that the antique tradition of the art of memory - created by an oral culture - reached its moment of greatest diffusion during an age that saw the birth of the printed book. Bolzoni's examination of this phenomenon, in which archaic and modern elements came together in a precarious equilibrium, reveals the profound ties that existed at the time between memory and creativity, and between words and images. Drawing on the multiplicity of practices that relied on techniques of memory, Bolzoni presents diagrams, cipher alphabets, rebuses and emblemlike pictures characteristic of the late-Medieval and early-modern periods, indicating their use for literary games and preaching. In doing so, she skilfully reconstructs a particular mentality, a way of apprehending words and images that was of central importance for a long period of time but that has since been forgotten
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 260-318) and index
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Subject Manuzio, Paolo, 1512-1574.
Accademia Veneziana.
Early printed books -- Italy -- Venice -- 16th century -- Bibliography.
Italian literature -- 16th century -- History and criticism.
Italian literature -- Italy -- Venice -- History and criticism.
Mnemonics.
Printing -- Italy -- Venice -- History -- 16th century.
Venice (Italy) -- Imprints.
Venice (Italy) -- Intellectual life -- 16th century.
Genre/Form Bibliography.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Bibliographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1282028502
1442681330 (electronic bk.)
9781282028500
9781442681330 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Stanza della memoria. English