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The Resource The culture of cleanliness in Renaissance Italy, Douglas Biow

The culture of cleanliness in Renaissance Italy, Douglas Biow

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The culture of cleanliness in Renaissance Italy
Title
The culture of cleanliness in Renaissance Italy
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Biow
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ita
  • lat
  • ita
  • lat
  • eng
Summary
Concerned about sanitation during a severe bout of plague in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci designed an ideal, clean city. Leonardo was far from alone among his contemporaries in thinking about personal and public hygiene, as Douglas Biow shows in The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy. A concern for cleanlines, he argues, was everywhere in the Renaissance. Anxieties about cleanliness were expressed in literature from humanist panegyrics to bawdy carnival songs, as well as in the visual arts. Biow surveys them all to explain why the topic so permeated Renaissance culture. At one level, cleanliness, he documents, was a matter of real concern in the Renaissance. At another, he finds, issues such as human dignity, self-respect, self-discipline, social distinction, and originality were rethought as a matter of artistic concern. This book moves from the clean to the unclean, from the lofty to the base. Biow first examines the socially elevated, who defined and distinguished themselves as clean, pure, and polite. He then turns to soap, an increasingly common commodity in this period, and the figure of the washerwoman. Finally he focuses on latrines, which were universally scorned yet functioned artistically as figures of baseness, creativity, and fun in the works of Dante and Boccaccio. Paralleling this social stratification is a hierarchy of literary and visual artifacts, from the discourse of high humanism to filthy curses and scatological songs. Deftly bringing together high and low--as well as literary and visual--cultures, this book provides a fresh perspective on the Italian Renaissance and its artistic legacy.--Book jacket flaps
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JSTOR
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Biow, Douglas
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illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
Includes text in Italian and Latin with English translations
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hygiene
  • Hygiene
  • Hygiene in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Hygiene
  • Hygiene in literature
  • Italy
  • Hygiëne
  • Culturele aspecten
  • Italië
  • Hygiene
  • Hygiene
  • Hygiene in literature
  • Hygiene
  • Italy
Label
The culture of cleanliness in Renaissance Italy, Douglas Biow
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-236) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Households and cities -- Soap and washerwomen -- Latrines and latrine-cleaners
Control code
on1042220214
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 244 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501726842
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
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illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv2dvnm1
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1042220214
Label
The culture of cleanliness in Renaissance Italy, Douglas Biow
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-236) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Households and cities -- Soap and washerwomen -- Latrines and latrine-cleaners
Control code
on1042220214
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xix, 244 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501726842
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctv2dvnm1
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1042220214

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