edited by Shannon McHugh and Anna Wainwright
contributions by Lisa Sampson, Sarah Gwyneth Ross, Gabriella Zarri, Monica Calabritto, Armando Maggi, Joseph Perna, Lynn Lara Westwater, Amedeo Quondam, Virginia Cox, Lisa Bourla, Gerry Milligan, Anna Wainwright, Shannon McHugh and Eugenio Refini
University of Delaware Press, 2011
eISBN: 978-1-64453-189-1 | Paper: 978-1-64453-188-4 | Cloth: 978-1-64453-187-7
Library of Congress Classification PQ4080.I56 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 850.9004

The enduring "black legend" of the Italian Counter-Reformation, which has held sway in both scholarly and popular culture, maintains that the Council of Trent ushered in a cultural dark age in Italy, snuffing out the spectacular creative production of the Renaissance. As a result, the decades following Trent have been mostly overlooked in Italian literary studies, in particular. The thirteen essays of Innovation in the Italian Counter-Reformation present a radical reconsideration of literary production in post-Tridentine Italy. With particular attention to the much-maligned tradition of spiritual literature, the volume’s contributors weave literary analysis together with religion, theater, art, music, science, and gender to demonstrate that the literature of this period not only merits study but is positively innovative. Contributors include such renowned critics as Virginia Cox and Amedeo Quondam, two of the leading scholars on the Italian Counter-Reformation.

Published by University of Delaware Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.