9780195056921-0195056922-The Birth of the Modern Mind: Self, Consciousness, and the Invention of the Sonnet

The Birth of the Modern Mind: Self, Consciousness, and the Invention of the Sonnet

ISBN-13: 9780195056921
ISBN-10: 0195056922
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Oppenheimer, Paul
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 224 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780195056921
ISBN-10: 0195056922
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Oppenheimer, Paul
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 224 pages

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Acknowledged authors Oppenheimer, Paul wrote The Birth of the Modern Mind: Self, Consciousness, and the Invention of the Sonnet comprising 224 pages back in 1989. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0195056922 and 9780195056921. Since then The Birth of the Modern Mind: Self, Consciousness, and the Invention of the Sonnet textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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This revolutionary study presents new facts and an original theory about the origin of the thought and literature that may be considered "modern." Using fifty-one new translations of sonnets from four languages spanning seven centuries, Oppenheimer argues that "modern" thought and literature were born with the invention of the sonnet in 13th-century Italy. In revealing the sonnet as the first lyric form since the fall of the Roman Empire meant not for music or performance but for silent reading, the book demonstrates that the sonnet was the first modern literary form deliberately intended to portray the self in conflict and to explore self-consciousness. The wide-ranging essay of Part I traces the influences of the sonnet, as invented by Giacomo da Lentino, combining historical fact with the history of ideas and literary criticism. Part II illustrates, in bilingual format, the sonnet's growing appeal and variety during the centuries that followed with translations from Italian, German, French, and Spanish. The selection presents sonnets by more than thirty-five poets, among them Dante, Petrarch, Goethe, Rilke, Ronsard, Valéry, Ibarbourou, and Lorca. The concluding section discusses previous scholarship, offers proofs of the sonnet's introspective and silent inventions, and for the first time establishes the source of the form, in Platonic-Pythagorean mathematics.

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