One of the world’s most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an The details that Mr. Greenblatt supplies throughout The Swerve are tangy. Greenblatt won for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, a page study of the transformative cultural power wielded by an ancient. The literary critic, theorist and Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt’s new book, “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” is partly.

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However it has to be said that by that point in my reading I was also back home from hols, back to mundane daily life; work and various other commitments, distractions, and stuff to deal with, you know, not always pleasant. Go out of this world as you entered it. View all 6 comments. Trivia About The Swerve: The battles get more prominent mention greenblwtt written sources but archeology tells a different story.

Quotes from The Swerve: Gods, if they did exist, would be too busy with their divine existence to care about the obedience and suffering of humans.


It was common for 14th and 15th-century scholars to claim that there was a destruction of classical learning in the middle ages, or, as Greenblatt calls it, “a Great Vanishing”, and that they were bringing the classical past back to life. Although, your interest would be better served by an actual sqerve.

The coming of the Renaissance and Enlightenment constituted a “swerve” back to the intellectual direction of Lucretius’ time. All the sins of the church are exploited. First, the grewnblatt and subtitle suggest that the rediscovery of the manuscript of Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things had a major influence on Renaissance thinking. Lucretius called this ‘the swerve’ and it is the cause of all new things.


See and discover other items: The Swerve, in fact, is two books, one deserving of an award, the other not. These atoms move perpetually and randomly through a void. However, it’s far into the book, so greenblatr this is what you’re looking for, you have to wade through a lot to get there. Humanists did their best to liberate books from monasteries, although, sadly, many had slowly deteriorated or were erased and written over.

Over the years a few other copies or fragments swsrve been discovered, so it wasn’t the sole surviving copy as it turned out. For other uses, see Swerve disambiguation. It’s a chapter in how we became what we are, how we arrived at the worldview of the present. That time is past and in the s those greenbatt had not been recopied and were vulnerable to bugs, damp, and abuse.

And some of it First, the title is really dumb. Epicurus Lucretius I had no reference to tell me what colossal figures they are, bearing brilliant ideas that give footing to my own paltry concepts of my own life philosophy.

Bit of an anti-climax. On the Nature of Things was cited by Montaigne, mentioned by Shakespeare, and read by Grenblatt Jefferson, among many other thinkers of the enlightenment.

That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Thingsby Lucretius—a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: The fear of execution in this life was replaced by fear of hell in the afterlife. Greenblatt is regarded by many as one of the founders of New Historicism, a set of critical practices that he often refers to as “cultural poetics”; his works have been influential since the early s when he introduced the term.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He is also co-founder of the literary-cultural journal Representations, which often publishes articles by new historicists. What he found was a ninth-century manuscript copy containing the entire 7,line text of De Rerum Natura “On the Nature of Things” by Lucretius. Now — in our contemporary context, in which The Swerve is so embedded, of battling against fanaticism — are Hegel and Herder our allies?


God cared about human beings, just as a father cared about his wayward children, and the sign of that care was anger. His boss had been defrocked and thrown in jail and given the circumstances had no more need of his services.

Some limited efforts at suppression were made. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Greenblatt weaves together the tale of the “book hunter” Poggio and his quest with the fall of Rome and the precarious survival of Greek and Roman texts in monasteries where monk-scribes copied out the ancient manuscripts not necessarily as acts of intellectual engagement, as I had always assumed, but more often as acts of obedience, and a good thing too, since someone intellectually engaged, as Greenblatt points out, swerfe have been more likely to change something in the processtheir recovery by men like Poggio, and the blossoming of the Renaissance.

Our lives we borrow from each other. It is okay to read about things that you disagree with.

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This sets off a ceaseless chain of collisions resulting in new combinations of atoms. It was not until the humanists began to recover Greek and Latin texts that ideas from antiquity were rediscovered.

Lucretius’ Epicureanism gave him the equanimity of heart to discount his mother’s fears and face the world as it really was.