Takes as its starting point the group of concepts centred on "good" madness - and, consequently, on laughter and comedy - which were discovered and developed in the Renaissance as objects of historical study and which led to a subtle shift of emphasis in many domains such as theology, literature, law and medicine.
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"Lavishly erudite, digressive.... Screech commands the intellectual and literary history of the sixteenth century.... The finished book is a provocative, wide-ranging work of cultural history." (Times Literary Supplement)About the Author:
M.A. Screech is an Extraordinary Fellow of Wolfson College and an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Fellow of University College London. He is a renaissance scholar of international renown. His other books include "Erasmus: Ecstasy and the Praise of Folly" (1988), "Rabelais" and "Montaigne and Melancholy." All are acknowledged to be classics in their fields. Screech was promoted Chevalier dans l'Ordre du Merite in 1982 and Chevalier dans la Legion d'Honneur in 1992. He was ordained, in Oxford, a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994.
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