Chaste Thinking

The Rape of Lucretia and the Birth of Humanism
Stephanie H. Jed
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/1/1989
ISBN: 978-0-253-11651-2
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“A strikingly original and provocative critical interpretation of the ideology of early Florentine humanism.” —Margaret W. Ferguson

“ . . . provocative, innovative, and eloquently written . . . ” —Rocky Mountain Review

“ . . . provocative and fascinating . . . ” —Seventeenth-Century News

“This book is boldly and originally conceived . . . ” —Comparative Literature Studies

Jed analyzes the historiographic myth of the rape of Lucretia and shows how its refiguration by the humanist Salutati reveals the rhetorical and ideological relationship between sexual violence and humanistic discourse.

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Table of Contents


Chapter One
Tum Brutus castigator lacrimarum
The Cruelty of Brustus and the Politics of Philolgy

Chapter Two
Per hunc castissimum sanguinem
Lucretia’s Chastity and the Alienation from Literary Material

Chapter Three
In secretis penetralibus
Mercantile Writing and the Construct of Privacy

Modern Humanism and the Relation of Writing

Facsimile, Transcription, and Translation of Salutati’s
Declamatio Lucretiae

Works Cited