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Meditative Frames As Reader's Guidance In Neo-Latin Texts

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This chapter focuses on a specific phenomenon, the guidance of the reader by means of the meditative frames construed in authorial paratexts. From the author's analysis it appears that the two important means of framing were first, the evocation of the living presence of certain persons, and second, the creation of visual images in three-dimensional space. Neo-Latin prefaces and dedications excel in creating living images. Petrarchs description of the relationship between the dedicatee and the author should not simply be read as rendering historical facts. Interestingly, like Poggio, Pontano presents two landscapes or constructions of space. The chapter concludes with a brief look at the meditative frame of yet another genre, historiography.

Keywords: meditative frames; Neo-Latin texts; Paolo Giovio; Petrarch; Poggio; Pontano; three-dimensional space

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