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Charles Fantazzi. Angelo Poliziano. Sylvae. The I Tatti Renaissance Library (Harvard U. Press 2004). Angelo Poliziano (1454-1494) was one of the great scholar-poets of the Renaissance and a leading figure in the circle of Lorenzo de'Medici "il Magnifico" in Florence. His "Silvae" are poetical introductions to his courses in literature at the University of Florence, written in Latin hexameters. They not only contain some of the finest Latin poetry of the Renaissance, but also afford unique insight into the poetical credo of a brilliant scholar as he considers the works of his Greek and Latin predecessors as well as of his contemporaries writing in Italian.
Peter Standish and Steven M. Bell. Culture and Customs of Mexico (Greenwood 2004). Mexico, with some 90 million people, holds a special place in Latin America. It is a large, complex hybrid, a bridge between North and South America, between the ancient and the modern, and between the developed and the developing worlds. Mexico's importance to the United States cannot be overstated. The two countries share historical, economic, and cultural bonds that continue to evolve. This book offers students and general readers a deeper understanding of Mexico's dynamism: its wealth of history, institutions, religion, cultural output, leisure, and social customs.
COLLEGE RESEARCH AWARD
Prof. Javier Lorenzo will spend Spring 2005 on his project to investigate the relationship between poetry and nationhood in early modern Spain. He focuses on the figure of Juan Boscan, a bourgeois poet from a Catalan (non-Castilian) background, who becomes the subject of a debate over how poetry should reflect the interests and spirit of the nation in sixteenth century Spain. Prof. Lorenzo's study concentrates on Fernando de Herrera's Anotaciones a las obras de Garcilaso (1580) and Jorge de Montemayor's prologue to his Cancionero (1554) or songbook. He examines the way these two authors appropriate and manipulate the image of Boscan in order to create two different views of the Spanish nation and the poetic canon: one that promotes all-Castilian, aristocratic models (Herrera) and one that acknowledges diversity and tries to incorporate the non-Castilian group. This study will be part of the first chapter of his book, Nuevos versos, nuevos casos: Juan Boscan y los discursos del renacimiento.
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