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The Heritage Of The Umidi: Performative Poetry In The Early Accademia Fiorentin

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This chapter investigates the internal struggle in the Florentine Academy of the 1540s from a more practical viewpoint. The academic practice of the Umidi, which was oriented towards free discussion and performative poetry stood in sharp contrast with the views of the reformers of 1547: in order to create an atmosphere of order and obedience, the key concepts of the reforms, pre-existing habits had to be adjusted or ruled out. The chapter also investigates the Umidian academic practice - the level of institutionalisation, mission and activities of the Academy - through their Libro Capitoli, Compositioni et Leggi, della Accademia degli Humydi di Firenze. It concludes that the activities organised by the Accademia degli Umidi and Accademia Fiorentina shed further light on the internal unrest in the Academy in the 1540s.

Keywords: Accademia degli Umidi; Florentine Academy; Umidian academic practice



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