Renaissance Humanism

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Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

Renaissance humanism was a cultural movement and educational program which characterized European society from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries, a period that witnessed the “rebirth” of society in the city-states of Italy and signified the end of the “dark ages” in Europe. While the origins of humanism lay in fourteenth-century Italy, its influence was spread by itinerant scholars throughout the whole of fifteenth century Europe.

Studia humanitatis (i.e “human studies”) involved the study of grammar, poetics, rhetoric, history, and moral philosophy, with an emphasis on formal training in oratory, scientia recte loquendi, and textual exegesis, poetarum enaratio. T…

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Sturgeon, Elizabeth M.. "Renaissance Humanism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 August 2010
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