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The%20Renaissance - The Renaissance English 2110-Sandefur...

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The Renaissance English 2110--Sandefur
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Definitions of “Renaissance” “rebirth” or revival and imitation of antiquity
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Definitions of “Renaissance” “artistic creativity”, “zest for life and knowledge”, “spectacular individual achievement” “artistic creativity”, “zest for life and knowledge”, “individual achievement”
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The Renaissance reached its peak at different times in different cultures, beginning in Italy and two centuries later working its way as far as England
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Time of revolutionary change— Copernicus’ discovery that the earth moves around the sun Galileo’s improvements to the telescope Columbus’ discovery on the New World Printing press
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Responses to change De-centered views/perspectives For some, there was doubt and feelings of instability Impulse to return to classics (“rebirth”)
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Earthly vs. Heavenly Concerns More focus on this life rather than the life beyond during this period than in previous ones Simultaneous focus on the potential benefits of earthly action and doubt about the ultimate value of such actions
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Renaissance Literature More fully realized characters Portrayal of inner deliberations of characters
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course ENGL 2110 taught by Professor Sadre-orafai during the Fall '08 term at Kennesaw.

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