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Book Announcement: Dissimulation and the Culture of
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0400  Friday, 24 July 2009

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Date:       Friday, 24 Jul 2009 11:36:41 -0700
Subject:    Book Announcement: Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy 
in Early Modern Europe

The University of California Press is pleased to announce the 
publication of:

Dissimulation and the Culture of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe

Jon R. Snyder is Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature 
at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has most recently 
published a bilingual edition of G.B. Andreini's 1622 comedy, Love in 
the Mirror, as well as a book on Baroque aesthetics, L'estetica del 
Barocco. _

http://go.ucpress.edu/Renaissance

"Larvatus prodeo," announced Rene Descartes at the beginning of the 
seventeenth century: "I come forward, masked." Deliberately disguising 
or silencing their most intimate thoughts and emotions, many early 
modern Europeans besides Descartes-princes, courtiers, aristocrats and 
commoners alike-chose to practice the shadowy art of dissimulation. For 
men and women who could not risk revealing their inner lives to those 
around them, this art of incommunicativity was crucial, both personally 
and politically. Many writers and intellectuals sought to explain, 
expose, justify, or condemn the emergence of this new culture of 
secrecy, and from Naples to the Netherlands controversy swirled for two 
centuries around the powers and limits of dissimulation, whether in 
affairs of state or affairs of the heart. This beautifully written work 
crisscrosses Europe, with a special focus on Italy, to explore attitudes 
toward the art of dissimulation in the sixteenth and seventeenth 
centuries. Discussing many canonical and lesser-known works, Jon R. 
Snyder examines the treatment of dissimulation in early modern treatises 
and writings on the court, civility, moral philosophy, political theory, 
and in the visual arts.

Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is 
available online:

http://go.ucpress.edu/Renaissance

Lindsay Wong
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