9 February 2012

Harald Hendrix, Lieke Stelling, Todd Richardson

The Turn of the Soul. Representations of Religious Conversion in Early Modern Art and Literature

The religious upheavals of the early modern period and the fierce debate they unleashed about true devotion gave conversion an unprecedented urgency. With their rich variety of emotive, aesthetic and rhetoric means of expression, literature and the visual arts proved particularly well-adapted means to address, explore and represent the complex nature of conversion.

At the same time, many artists and authors experimented with the notion that the expressive character of their work could cultivate a sensory experience for the viewer that enacted conversion. Indeed, focusing on conversion as one of early modern Europe’s most pressing religious issues, this volume demonstrates that conversion cannot be separated from the creative and spiritual ways in which it was given meaning.

The Turn of the Soul is edited by Lieke Stelling, University of Leiden, Harald Hendrix, University of Utrecht and Todd Richardson, University of Leiden.

Contributors include Mathilde Bernard, John R. Decker, Xander van Eck, Shulamit Furstenberg-Levi, Lise Gosseye, Chloë Houston, Philip Major, Walter Melion, Bart Ramakers, E. Natalie Rothman, Alison Searle, Lieke Stelling, Jayme Yeo and Federico Zuliani. 

Prof. Harald Hendrix is full professor and chair of Italian Studies as well as head of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Utrecht. Within the Utrecht Research Institute for History and Culture he leads the group on Textual Culture. He is president of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Italian Studies and a founding member of the international research group Cinquecento Plurale. Hendrix has published widely on the European reception of Italian Renaissance and Baroque culture, on the early modern aesthetics of the non-beautiful as well as on literary culture and memory.

Title: The Turn of the Soul. Representations of Religious Conversion in Early Modern Art and Literature. Intersections. Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture (23).
Author(s): Harald Hendrix, Lieke Stelling, Todd Richardson
isbn: 9789004218567
Price: € 133.00
Publisher: 2012, Leiden-Boston: Brill