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Ephemeral city: Cheap print and urban culture in Renaissance Venice

Rosa Salzberg


Ephemeral City explores the rapid rise of cheap print and how it permeated Venetian urban culture in the Renaissance. In contrast to the familiar image of Venice as the tranquil, ordered ‘Serenissima’, it evokes the noisy, shifting, transient life of the city at street-level, and offers the first view of one of the city’s most productive and creative industries from the bottom up. The result is a new and unexpected vision of Renaissance culture, characterised by the fluid mobility and dynamic intermingling of texts, ideas, goods and people. The book follows the flood of cheap print (pamphlets, ... More

Keywords: Venice, cheap print, Renaissance, media, orality, streets, performance, urban, censorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087035
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosa Salzberg, author
University of Warwick