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On Pleasure: Conceptions In Badius Ascensius' Stultiferae Naves (1501)

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The role of printers and the printing press as agents of cultural change in the period of transition between medieval and early modern times is considered to be of major importance. This chapter focuses on the conceptions of pleasure expressed in this classical and contemporary works, and examines processes of continuity and change. It raises specific questions: are there observable distinctions made in Jodocus Badius Ascensius' Stultiferae Naves with regard to medieval conceptions of sensual pleasure? Has the work been influenced by novel conceptions of the subject which were finding expression in contemporary humanist writings or debates, in and outside France? Is there evidence of conflict between traditional and new views, and is the author aware of a distance between them? Finally, analysis of Badius' treatment of pleasure in the Naves lead to understanding of the broader mechanisms of continuity and change operating at the turn of the sixteenth century?.

Keywords: Jodocus Badius Ascensius; sensual pleasure; Stultiferae Naves



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