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The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller,9780801843877

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

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9780801843877

ISBN10:
0801843871
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/1/1992
Publisher(s):
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
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Summary

The Cheese and the Worms is a study of the popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, a miller brought to trial during the Inquisition. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as Menocchio, to show how one person responded to the confusing political and religious conditions of his time. For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio's Decameron, Mandeville's Travels, and a "mysterious" book that may have been the Koran. And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, as in his own version of the creation: "All was chaos, that is earth, air, water, and fire were mixed together; and of that bulk a mass formed -- just as cheese is made out of milk -- and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels."

Table of Contents

Translators' Note viii(3)
Preface to the English Edition xi(2)
Preface to the Italian Edition xiii(4)
Acknowledgments xxvii
1 Menocchio
1(2)
2 The town
3(2)
3 First interrogation
5(1)
4 "Possessed?"
6(1)
5 From Concordia to Portogruaro
7(2)
6 "To speak out against his superiors"
9(4)
7 An archaic society
13(3)
8 "They oppress the poor"
16(2)
9 "Lutherans" and Anabaptists
18(3)
10 A miller, a painter, a buffoon
21(6)
11 "My opinions came out of my head"
27(1)
12 The books
28(2)
13 Readers of the town
30(1)
14 Printed pages and "fantastic opinions"
31(1)
15 Blind alley?
32(2)
16 The temple of the virgins
34(1)
17 The funeral of the Madonna
34(2)
18 The father of Christ
36(1)
19 Judgment day
37(4)
20 Mandeville
41(3)
21 Pigmies and cannibals
44(3)
22 "God of nature"
47(2)
23 The three rings
49(2)
24 Written culture and oral culture
51(1)
25 Chaos
52(2)
26 Dialogue
54(2)
27 Mythical cheeses and real cheeses
56(2)
28 The monopoly over knowledge
58(2)
29 The words of the Fioretto
60(2)
30 The function of metaphors
62(1)
31 "Master," "steward," and "workers"
62(3)
32 An hypothesis
65(3)
33 Peasant religion
68(1)
34 The soul
69(1)
35 "I don't know"
70(1)
36 Two spirits, seven souls, four elements
71(1)
37 The flight of an idea
72(3)
38 Contradictions
75(1)
39 Paradise
76(1)
40 A new "way of life"
77(3)
41 "To kill priests"
80(1)
42 A "new world"
81(5)
43 End of the interrogations
86(1)
44 Letter to the judges
87(2)
45 Rhetorical figures
89(2)
46 First sentence
91(2)
47 Prison
93(2)
48 Return to the town
95(3)
49 Denunciations
98(3)
50 Nocturnal dialogue with the Jew
101(1)
51 Second trial
102(1)
52 "Fantasies"
103(3)
53 "Vanities and dreams"
106(2)
54 "Oh great, omnipotent, and holy God..."
108(1)
55 "If only I had died when I was fifteen"
109(1)
56 Second sentence
110(1)
57 Torture
111(1)
58 Scolio
112(5)
59 Pellegrino Baroni
117(4)
60 Two millers
121(4)
61 Dominant culture and subordinate culture
125(2)
62 Letters from Rome
127(2)
Notes 129(44)
Index of Names 173


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