Weststeijn Thijs, Art and Antiquity in the Netherlands and Britain. The Vernacular Arcadia of Franciscus Junius (1591-1677), Leiden, Brill Publishers, 2015, 470 pages.
ISSN : 1872-9932
Prix : €124
How did the classical tradition survive on the North Sea shores? This book explores the interplay between art and erudition in the seventeenth century. It analyses the sources, editions, and reception of Franciscus Junius’s writings to chart how ideas about Northern European painting, from Van Dyck to Rembrandt, developed as a counterweight to the Italian tradition. Thus the language of art in Junius’s The Painting of the Ancients appears to be related to his seminal work in the field of Germanic linguistics and his discovery of the shared pre-Christian civilization of Holland and England. Junius’s innovative pairing of scholarship to the painter’s practice illuminates the reception of antiquity and the creation of an Anglo-Dutch artistic Arcadia.
Thijs Weststeijn is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on seventeenth-century art and theory, including The Universal Art of Samuel van Hoogstraten (2013) and The Visible World (2008).
Source : Brill Publishers
HERZOG Tamar, Frontiers of Possession. Spain and Portugal in Europe and the Americas, Cambridge (USA), Harvard UP, 2015, 400 pages
HARDCOVER – $35.00 • £25.95 • €31.50 – ISBN 9780674735385
Frontiers of Possession asks how territorial borders were established in Europe and the Americas during the early modern period and challenges the standard view that national boundaries are largely determined by military conflicts and treaties. Focusing on Spanish and Portuguese claims in the New and Old Worlds, Tamar Herzog reconstructs the different ways land rights were negotiated and enforced, sometimes violently, among people who remembered old possessions or envisioned new ones: farmers and nobles, clergymen and missionaries, settlers and indigenous peoples.
Questioning the habitual narrative that sees the Americas as a logical extension of the Old World, Herzog portrays Spain and Portugal on both sides of the Atlantic as one unified imperial space. She begins in the Americas, where Iberian conquerors had to decide who could settle the land, who could harvest fruit and cut timber, and who had river rights for travel and trade. The presence of indigenous peoples as enemies to vanquish or allies to befriend, along with the vastness of the land, complicated the picture, as did the promise of unlimited wealth. In Europe, meanwhile, the formation and re-formation of boundaries could last centuries, as ancient entitlements clashed with evolving economic conditions and changing political views and juridical doctrines regarding how land could be acquired and maintained.
Herzog demonstrates that the same fundamental questions had to be addressed in Europe and in the Americas. Territorial control was always subject to negotiation, as neighbors and outsiders, in their quotidian interactions, carved out and defended new frontiers of possession.
Tamar Herzog is Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard University.
Source : Harvard University Press.
Jean-Michel Delacomptée, Passions. La Princesse de Clèves, préface de Pierre Bayard, Arléa Collection, 2014, 168 p.
ISBN : 978-2-36308-069-1
EAN : 9782363080691
Prix : 17€
La Princesse de Clèves, roman de Madame de Lafayette, fut publié en mai 1678, sans nom d’auteur. 1558, la cour du roi Henri II, durant la dernière année de son règne. Mlle de Chartres a quinze ans lorsqu’elle paraît au Louvre. Le prince de Clèves, homme d’une grande droiture morale, tombe amoureux d’elle dès qu’il l’aperçoit. Ébloui par sa beauté, il la demande en mariage. Mlle de Chartres n’a aucune expérience de l’amour et l’épouse sans être amoureuse de lui. Alors qu’elle est mariée, la princesse de Clèves rencontre, à la cour, lors d’un bal, le duc de Nemours. Naît entre eux une passion immédiate et complexe qu’ils vivront l’un et l’autre dans le tourment, et qui tourmentera et éblouira lecteurs et écrivains jusqu’à nos jours.
RETOUR VERS LE ROMAN
UNE TRES JEUNE FILLE
SCENES DE COUR
LE COUPLE ORIGINAIRE
LE MARI ET L’AMANT
LE BONHEUR CONJUGAL
EPOUSER M DE NEMOURS
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Alison Calhoun, Montaigne and the Lives of the Philosophers. Life Writing and Transversality in the Essais, Newark, University of Delaware Press, 2015, co-published with Rowman & Littlefield
EAN : 9781611494808
In his Essais, Montaigne stresses that his theoretical interest in philosophy goes hand in hand with its practicality. In fact, he makes it clear that there is little reason to live our lives according to doctrine without proof that others have successfully done so. Understanding Montaigne’s philosophical thought, therefore, means not only studying the philosophies of the great thinkers, but also the characters and ways of life of the philosophers themselves. The focus of Montaigne and the Lives of the Philosophers: Life Writing and Transversality in the Essais is how Montaigne assembled the lives of the philosophers on the pages of his Essais in order to grapple with two fundamental aims of his project: first, to transform the teaching of moral philosophy, and next, to experiment with a transverse construction of his self. Both of these objectives grew out of a dialogue with the structure and content in the life writing of Plutarch and Diogenes Laertius, authors whose books were bestsellers during the essayist’s lifetime.
Alison Calhoun est assistant professor de français à la Indiana University.
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