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"Alberti's book gleams intermittently with...comic lusters....[A] sparkling translation.... [T]here is a satirical violence of rhetoric here that goes beyond the familiar, and which makes Momus seem sometimes a premonitory text, looking forward not only to Rabelais and Erasmus, but to Swift and Beckett." James Wood, the New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Momus is the most ambitious literary creation of Leon Battista Alberti, the famous humanist-scientist-artist and "universal man" of the Italian Renaissance.

In this dark comedy, written around 1450, Alberti charts the lively fortunes of his anti-hero Momus, the unscrupulous and vitriolic god of criticism. Alberti deploys his singular erudition and wit to satirize subjects from court life and politics to philosophy and intellectuals, from grand architectural designs to human and divine folly. The possible contemporary resonance of Alberti's satire — read variously as a humanist roman-a-clef and as a veiled mockery of the mid-Quattrocento papacy — is among its most intriguing aspects.

While his more famous books on architecture, painting, and family life have long been regarded as indispensable to a study of Renaissance culture, Momus has recently attracted increasing attention from scholars as a work anticipating the realism of Machiavelli and the satiric wit of Erasmus. This edition provides a new Latin text, the first to be based on the two earliest manuscripts, both corrected by Alberti himself, and includes the first full translation into English.

About the Author

Sarah Knight is in the Department of English, University of Leicester, England.Virginia Brown is Senior Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

Pontifical Insitute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto

Table of Contents

Introduction

MOMUS

Preface

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Note on the Text

Notes to the Text

Notes to the Translation

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674007543
Editor:
Knight, Sarah
Editor:
Brown, Virginia
Editor:
Knight, Sarah
Editor:
Brown, Virginia
Author:
Knight, Sarah
Author:
Alberti, Leon Battista
Author:
Brown, Virginia
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
State, the
Subject:
European
Subject:
European - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism-European - General
Subject:
Fiction : Humorous
Subject:
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / General
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Copyright:
Series:
I Tatti Renaissance Library
Series Volume:
08
Publication Date:
June 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 20 oz

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Product details 448 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674007543 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Alberti's book gleams intermittently with...comic lusters....[A] sparkling translation.... [T]here is a satirical violence of rhetoric here that goes beyond the familiar, and which makes Momus seem sometimes a premonitory text, looking forward not only to Rabelais and Erasmus, but to Swift and Beckett." (read the entire New Republic review)
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