Myths of Renaissance Individualism

  • Authors
  • John Jeffries Martin

Part of the Early Modern History: Society and Culture book series (EMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Jeffries Martin
    Pages 21-40
  3. John Jeffries Martin
    Pages 41-61
  4. John Jeffries Martin
    Pages 62-82
  5. John Jeffries Martin
    Pages 83-102
  6. John Jeffries Martin
    Pages 103-122
  7. John Jeffries Martin
    Pages 123-133
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 135-187

About this book


The idea that the Renaissance witnessed the emergence of the modern individual remains a powerful myth. In this important new book Martin examines the Renaissance self with attention to both social history and literary theory and offers a new typology of Renaissance selfhood which was at once collective, performative and porous. At the same time, he stresses the layered qualities of the Renaissance self and the salient role of interiority and notions of inwardness in the shaping of identity. Myths of Renaissance Individualism , in short, will interest students not only of history but also of art history, literature, music, philosophy, psychology and religion.


history individual Renaissance social history

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-230-00640-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-53575-6
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