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Dissimulation and the culture of secrecy in early modern Europe /
Jon R. Snyder.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
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xxiii, 280 p. ; 24 cm.
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0520228197 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520228191 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
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0520228197 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520228191 (cloth : alk. paper)
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6915979
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A major scholarly achievement, which speaks to multiple disciplines and national traditions...Snyder offers an elegant introduction to the discourse of dissimulation in the courtly world of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe, then moves beyond to make an important, original intervention on a topic that stands at the center of current debates about modernity."--Albert Ascoli, author of Dante and the Making of a Modern Author "The Baroque is the time of 'Machiavellianism' in politics, ethics, and religion. It is the time of esthetics of ostentation, chiaroscuros, and monumental theatricality. Paradoxically, it is also the time when freedom of thought, the value of dissidence, questions of authenticity, debates about virtues, and practices of confessions come to the fore. Snyder brings all these issues to new life in this deft and powerful book."--Giuseppe Mazzotta, author of The New Map of the World: the Poetic Philosophy of Giambattista Vico
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"[A] thoughtful, intricate, and nuanced book."
"[A] thoughtful, intricate, and nuanced book."-- American Historical Review
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Jon R. Synder surveys the early modern practice of dissimulation amongst scientific & philosophic authors, such as René Descartes, who could not risk allowing their neighbours to know their inner minds for fear of persecution.
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"A major scholarly achievement, which speaks to multiple disciplines and national traditions...Snyder offers an elegant introduction to the discourse of dissimulation in the courtly world of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe, then moves beyond to make an important, original intervention on a topic that stands at the center of current debates about modernity."--Albert Ascoli, author of "Dante and the Making of a Modern Author" "The Baroque is the time of 'Machiavellianism' in politics, ethics, and religion. It is the time of esthetics of ostentation, chiaroscuros, and monumental theatricality. Paradoxically, it is also the time when freedom of thought, the value of dissidence, questions of authenticity, debates about virtues, and practices of confessions come to the fore. Snyder brings all these issues to new life in this deft and powerful book."--Giuseppe Mazzotta, author of "The New Map of the World: the Poetic Philosophy of Giambattista Vico"
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"Larvatus prodeo," announced René Descartes at the beginning of the seventeenth century: "I come forward, masked." Deliberately disguising or silencing their most intimate thoughts and emotions, many early modern Europeans besides Descartes-princes, courtiers, aristocrats and commoners alike-chose to practice the shadowy art of dissimulation. For men and women who could not risk revealing their inner lives to those around them, this art of incommunicativity was crucial, both personally and politically. Many writers and intellectuals sought to explain, expose, justify, or condemn the emergence of this new culture of secrecy, and from Naples to the Netherlands controversy swirled for two centuries around the powers and limits of dissimulation, whether in affairs of state or affairs of the heart. This beautifully written work crisscrosses Europe, with a special focus on Italy, to explore attitudes toward the art of dissimulation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Discussing many canonical and lesser-known works, Jon R. Snyder examines the treatment of dissimulation in early modern treatises and writings on the court, civility, moral philosophy, political theory, and in the visual arts.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Preface: Lost Horizonsp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Not Empty Silence The Age of Dissimulationp. 1
Taking One's Distance Civil and Moral Dissimulationp. 27
Confidence Games Dissimulation at Courtp. 68
The Government of Designs Dissimulation and Reason of Statep. 106
The Writing on the Wallsp. 159
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 273
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