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

Yinzburg said, as the first in its field, and as a highly intriguing study about a most interesting man, the work merits reading and re-reading — once for content and a second for technique. In any case, I wanted more theory and less story. The church did not act properly. Menocchio are also odd, and they eventually got him burnt. We see victory of written culture over oral culture as Menocchio uses text to support his convictions.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Le idee del Menocchio sono molto affascinanti e avanti per il suo tempo. I liked it all right. This book, emblematic of the sub-genre of microhistory, is actually two stories simultaneously playing out on carpo levels.

That makes qheso all just seem like tenuous speculation.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. So frankly it was very inspiring to read such a groundbreaking model! 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 what it was: As an aside, I heard of fusanos book from a YouTube speech by saint Christopher Hitchens who has a great record with me for book recommendations.

The second level caglo this book is Ginzburg’s quest to reconstruct how Menocchio came to his bizarre cosmology, which at various points seem to correspond to other movements—Lutheranism, Venetian Anabaptism, Socinianism, radical humanism, and even Hinduism, shamanism, and ancient Greek philosophy—but caro its entirety cannot be gknzburg with any of them. Replace the theology department with ‘Cheese and Worms’ studies. Or perhaps I’ll name Ok, I’m leaving the rating at 3,5 stars.

Ginzburg uses the records of his trial to examine his personal theology and cosmology, and to examine to what extent we can recover a pre-modern “popular culture. Deve per forza avere qualcosa di speciale! Oct 02, Barbara Hansen rated it liked it Shelves: We uqeso enough, however, to look more closely at the cathedral of Western Christendom, to notice the cracks in its foundation and in its stained glass, cracks that seemed to but did not really appear and suddenly crumble in the Enlightenment.


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Exhaustive analysis of Menocchio’s library reveals a highly creative and individual reading of the few texts at his disposal, raising the question to what extent they can be understood as “sources transmitting” ideas in any straightforward way.

Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. They are living documents, in that they present a theology that evolves before our eyes, in response to the attacks of his interrogator.

His conclusions range from being considered Lutheran, Anabaptist, atheist, Muslim, pantheist, and pagan. I’ve never had the pleasure of reading about such a well-documented life of any regular person that had lived before the s before, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ginzburg, Carlo El Queso Y Los Gusanos

More precisely, Ginzburg claims that by examining the way Menocchio, a man of the oral culture, interprets or in some cases willfully misreads the books he encounters representatives of the print culturewe can thereby gusanis certain qualities of the oral culture; or may do so, at least, to the degree that the oral culture guanos extricable from that of print, and to the degree that separate spheres of culture may be defined along certain media.

Oct 13, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: In his defense, the lack of pages comes not from a lack of research, but from a limited information pool — it seems that too many documents have been lost to time.

Jan 18, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: Genuinely deserving of the hype, Ginzburg uses unearthed Inquisition records, made after the Lutheran rebellion, to investigate the unique heresies of a simple miller. Cheese and the worms were an explanatory analogy for him.

Carlo – I am sorry, but your book ‘The Cheese and the Worms’ was a chore to finish. The books meanings were distorted by Menocchio. The question is whether there was a real risk that they would be, and here the evidence is twofold. Next, he inherently connects the concepts of a peasant culture developed through the oral transmission of concepts to the brand new mechanism of diffusing ideas through books.


It’s easy to recommend this book to my friends who share an interest in the period of the Renaissance and share the worry that our societies all too often want to destroy not just silence dissent. Il Menocchio andava a Venezia a procurarseli e li leggeva attentamente e ci rimuginava sopra. Carlo Ginzburg synthesizes the transcripts seamlessly with the wealth of historical context while acknowledging the lost or concealed truth about peasant culture of this era.

Menocchio focuses of Joseph being the father of Christ. In conclusion, rather than the uniform criteria, the writings reflect on the coexistance under a same model of two ways of approching the past.

A really fascinating book, and I’d guess that would still be true even if you’re not usually a big history reader. Harrington’s The Faithful Executioner. The fact that the mills where, by necessity, on the edges of town meant they could be used as a rendezvous location for anti-establishment types and that the profession of the miller was often disliked by the rest of the peasantry similar to how people today talk disparagingly of the used care salesman.

As a result, the reader is witness to a collision between two worlds, that of the oral culture of the peasant and the literate culture of the aristocracy.

The method used is a synchronous comparison by similarity and contrast, using the classic microhistory’s premises as terms of analysis.

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

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. What an incredible book! Refresh and try again. His approach appears unbiased as he explores not only the perspective of Menocchio but also that of his inquisitors who fell under indescribable pressure from their superiors in the Catholic hierarchy.

Open Preview See a Problem? Or perhaps I’ll name a cat after him, suits them better. Menocchio rejected original sin, believed that Christ was a man. To ask other readers questions about The Cheese and the Wormsplease sign up.