: El Queso Y Los Gusanos (Spanish Edition) () by Carlo Ginzburg and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible. Abstract. EVANS RESTREPO, Michelle. Comparative reading of The cheese and the worms by Carlo Ginzburg and The Inheriting Power by Giovanni Levi. Hist. English: The Cheese and the Worms and Inheriting Power are two emblematic works of Italian microhistory. This is a comparative exercise between both.

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In such a way, within the study of history Ginzburg wishes to, among other things, discard such crude yet gospel figurations as ‘high culture’, ‘popular culture’, and even a sweeping and all encompassing notion of ‘dominant culture’. Just a moment while we carloo you in to your Goodreads account. Jul 21, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: Ok, I’m leaving the rating at 3,5 stars. The Bishop believed that he was gusaos converted and allowed him to return home.

We see victory of written culture over oral culture as Menocchio uses text to support his convictions. I am sure that part of the problem was that it the book was translated from Italian to English I think.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The historian in me just can’t quite handle the leaps Ginzburg quesi from the available evidence, though, so I’m really unsure if I will hang on to it. This book, emblematic of the sub-genre of microhistory, is actually two stories simultaneously playing out on two levels.

He toned down and simplified his esoteric ideas for the public. Insomma, per essere il Cinquecento in Friuli la cosa era particolarmente interessante. He was reappointed administrator and bought a new mill with his son.

Ginzburg talks a bit about this in the preface, and has some interesting and reasoned insights — he never claims Menocchio’s story is representative, merely that it represents something we haven’t heard before. What an incredible book!

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Again a misreading of a text. I have to admit I was looking for something a little more heavy on theory.

The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller

Quindi abbandonate il grembiule e mettetevi comodi. Menocchio was a literate peasant a rarity so it’s tempting to delineate his cosmogenic fancies to his booklearnin’.

In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Mandeville’s Travels, and a “mysterious” book that may have been the Koran. Menocchio is a wonderful guy to read about, alternately audacious and very sad. Dec 26, Gilles Candotti rated it it was amazing.

The parallel exhibited a high degree of conceptual dissonance incompatible with the microhistory’s perception as a monolithic trend at least as far as its two Italian leaders are concerned. Another miller who resembled Menocchio closely. And of course, his belief that man has “seven souls, two spirits and a body”, his social rebellion against the priests who “sell merchandise” his personal judgement on the various sacraments, make for a highly original character.

I absolutely love the idea of giving voice to the voiceless, illuminating peasant culture, and “extend[ing] the historic concept of the ‘individual’ in the direction of the lower classes. He was asked to name accomplices. It is like a feast he claims.

While many things were said by Menocchio during the trial, perhaps his greatest fault was his statement so many muddled statements! This is a comparative exercise between both publications, in an attempt to identify some clues about the microhistorical paradigm. However, the investigations of Menocchio point toward an expanse of peasant ginzbkrg culture, which thankfully, had an opportunity to surface in the transcripts of Menocchio’s two inquisitions.

So it’s not straight-up history, but then it’s not fiction, either, because we really do have all of these documents left behind evidenced in gusanod endnotes, which you can skip reading and still understand what’s going on–he wrote it that way, actually, and gusans no numbers anywhere, which took some getting used to.


Even so, the coincidence itself is striking, especially in light of the more concrete evidence Ginzburg provides in his reading of the Inquisitional record.

The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg

Jan 06, Jen rated it liked it. He was influencing others, and needed to be imprisoned and forever wear ginzbudg penitential garment. It’s so easy to access books about the rich and powerful in Renaissance Italy; seldom can one get a detailed presentation of person living a fairly common life. Return to Book Page. We should not let the long tradition of smearing practicing Catholics as the brainwashed servants of a threatening foreign power—in which sensationalist and hyperbolic depictions of the Roman Inquisition play a part—from identifying the Catholic Church of the late sixteenth century for queos it was: Replace the theology department with ‘Cheese and Worms’ studies.

I really recommend reading this book. After a few years he was released from prison, but he couldn’t stop talking, and ultimately the cardinal and pope put their red slippers down and insisted he be burned at the stake, pronto. Ginzburg’s best explanation posits a peasant oral culture, pre-Christian and never entirely eliminated during the Middle Ages, catalyzed by Menocchio’s reading and brought to light by the Counter Reformation’s keen nose for heterodoxy.

A classic but ultimately a failed excercise. However, remote access to EBSCO’s databases from non-subscribing institutions is not allowed if the purpose of the use is for commercial gain through cost reduction or avoidance for a non-subscribing institution.