Latinity and Alterity in the Early Modern Period

Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (ASMAR), Vol. 30

Latinity and Alterity in the Early Modern Period

By Yasmin Haskell (University of Western Australia ) and Juanita Feros Ruys (University of Sydney )
2010 | 312 + vii pp. | 2 ills. | 978-0-86698-408-9 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 360 | $56 | €40

The essays in this volume, many of which are in dialogue with Françoise Waquet’s Latin or the Empire of a Sign, showcase some of the most exciting and sophisticated new work in the field of neo-Latin studies. They illustrate the significance of “Latinity” for understanding the early modern world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and will be of interest not only to neo-Latinists but also to students of the modern European vernaculars, social historians of language, lexicographers, intellectual and scientific historians, and to cultural and cross-cultural historians. Under the second term of the title, “Alterity,” this volume explores the “opposition” of humanist Latin to medieval Latin and the modern vernaculars, the “otherness” of women’s Latinity, the construction of the non-European in Latin humanism, and the Latin writings of non-Europeans, from indigenous Americans to Africans. The exploration of these issues helps us more fully to understand what Latin “really meant” during the early modern period.