The cheese and the worms. the cosmos of a sixteenth-century miller. by Carlo Ginzburg. 13 Want to read; 2 Currently reading. cheese and the worms: the cosmos of a sixteenth-century miller / Carlo Ginzburg ; translated by John and Anne Tedeschi. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Few historians at work today are as original as Carlo Ginzburg, few write as well as he However, it was Il formaggio e i vermi (The Cheese and the Worms), a.
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Fortieth Anniversary Review of Books 31 The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Carlo Ginzburg. Trans. John Tedeschi and . The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller Paperback – October 15, The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, the miller known as Menocchio, who was accused of. The Cheese and the Worms is an early and celebrated work by Professor Carlo Ginzburg, currently at. University of California, Los Angeles and a trailblazer in.
That makes me feel somewhat younger. Gingerich was already a little dubious about that comment, when in he chanced upon a copy of unknown provenance of the first edition of De Revolutionibus in the Royal Observatory at Edinburgh. Step by step, one comes to know these benandanti and the peasant culture their bizarre behavior accidentally opened up to scrutiny. January 18, The even stranger expla- nations they gave for it also have to be confronted.
John Tedeschi and Anne Tedeschi. Routledge, ISBN James S. I knew no Italian, but emboldened by a quick lan- guage course and leaning heavily on my Spanish I began to converse with the natives.
I was intrigued by the fact that whenever I introduced myself as interested in history, I invariably met the same reaction: I still have my copy, and am glancing at it as I write this. It is full of my odd markings in the margin, a sort of runic code by which I try to signal to myself things especially worth remembering for the future.
In the middle are tucked two pages of binder paper in which I wrote down words I did not understand. Some of these are forgivably recondite—why should I be expected to know the Italian term for hellebore? Still, it was a start.
And above all, the important thing was what the text said, not how well I could figure it out. Even with the limitations at hand I—or anyone else, for that matter—could intuit the obvious: The mystery itself was why peasants from Friuli in the northeastern corner of Italy met four nights a year to enter into a collective trance during which they battled the witches who threatened the local harvest. Step by step, one comes to know these benandanti and the peasant culture their bizarre behavior accidentally opened up to scrutiny.
The even stranger expla- nations they gave for it also have to be confronted.
And as the story unfolds, the reader finds him- or herself feeling the same as the Inquisitors whose interroga- tions had brought it to the surface: This is not the book I wish to talk about.
This was nowhere as apparent as in his next study, The Cheese and the Worms My Italian had improved to the point that I myself could figure out the word to describe my reaction upon reading it: But there was also an element of guid- ance, the way in which the text made a firm statement as to what history was and could be.
I was at the very beginning of my graduate studies, and clueless as to where to head. All I knew was that I had scant inclination for what I regarded as traditional political subjects, and considerable interest in the history of the lower classes. How to tackle the latter was far from apparent, though. These were offered via demonstration as much as prescription, although the latter was not lacking, especially in the introduction.
In a terse but elegant style that wastes no words, Ginzburg therein outlines—or rather, chas- tises—the major works that had marked the study of early modern popular cul- ture: Needless to say, this was heady stuff for a first-year graduate student. I can say with utter confidence that neither Menocchio nor this book needs any presentation to readers of this journal.
How it got to be so is worth pondering. This had very much been my reaction to reading his later book on witchcraft, Ecstasies, which was not received as favorably, thanks largely to his bold venture into comparative folklore and other thickets which most historians keep at a prudent distance.
Contradictions show growth, rethinking, learning from criticism and mistakes and, above all, sustained forward movement. Much ink has been spilled in favor of and against The Cheese and the Worms, and much more remains to be said.
I sincerely doubt that anyone, friend or foe, would question its impact. All the same, like all things mortal, it too is aging. Speaking for myself, the way I look at it is that we are aging together, and that I can only hope that I hold up as well as it does.
The syllabus has seen many changes over the years, but one presence is firm; every time I teach it I include The Cheese and the Worms.
The students, bless them, continue to start out puzzled by the title. There is moreover much in the book that makes little sense to their lives—not just the references to predestination how could anyone have believed that?
Yet every year, some of them wind up figuring out why. That makes me feel somewhat younger.
Or to be more precise, as old as I was when I read this truly remarkable book for the first time. The cheese and the worms Carlo Ginzburg. The cheese and the worms Close. Want to Read.
Are you sure you want to remove The cheese and the worms from your list? Written in English. People Menocchio , Domenico Scandella Places Udine Italy: Province , Italy , Udine Province , Udine. Times Modern period, , 16th century. Edition Notes Includes bibliographical references and index. F74 G The Physical Object Pagination xxvii, p. Number of pages Readers waiting for this title: Check nearby libraries with: WorldCat Library.
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