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O queijo e os vermes: o cotidiano e as…

O queijo e os vermes: o cotidiano e as idéias de um moleiro perseguido… (original 1976; edition 1987)

by Carlo Ginzburg (Author)

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Title:O queijo e os vermes: o cotidiano e as idéias de um moleiro perseguido pela Inquisição
Authors:Carlo Ginzburg (Author)
Info:Companhia das Letras (1987), 1ª reimp., paperback
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Tags:Europa, Idade Moderna, Inquisição

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The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg (1976)

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Ginzburg's monograph introduces the reader into the "mind world" of the 16th century, northern Italian miller who upon reading various books, some of which were prohibited by the Church, creates his own understanding of the Bible and the world. The author creates marvelous insight into the mindset of the miller and the impact of book reading. ( )
  MTaniyama | Sep 29, 2016 |
It's an incredibly dense and rather redundant work, but once I got into it, it was enjoyable. Definitely reccomend to anyone interested in Renaissance ideas, the Inquistion, religion, class conflict . . . so, basically to everyone up for a bit of an academic read that has a very human story at its center. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
Title translates to "Cheese and Worms, A Picture of the World of a Single Miller," in English
  John_Dryden_Jr | Nov 18, 2015 |
This is a microhistory of a sixteenth century Italian miller, whose heretical beliefs brought him to the attention of the Inquisition. Ginzburg uses the records of his trial to examine his personal theology and cosmology, and to examine to what extent we can recover a pre-modern "popular culture." I thought it was a more sophisticated attempt at a microhistory than The Return of Martin Guerre; Ginzburg approaches his sources with more subtlety and with more awareness of the dangers of pre-conceived notions. I particularly appreciated how Ginzburg's critical awareness of the sources contrasted with Menocchio's own sometimes wilful misreadings of the texts he came into contact with.

That said, I'm not sure why Ginzburg is so insistent that the "peasant culture" in which Menocchio lived had strong non/pre-Christian elements, and why the unorthodox elements of Menocchio's thought were necessarily products of such cultural elements rather than of independent thought (in as much as such a thing is possible, of course) or other influences. I'm still not sure about his conclusions in as much as they are predicated on the suitability of Menocchio, a single and rather eccentric man, as a means of investigating Friuli peasantry as a whole. I'm undecided, but I'll be thinking about this one for a while. ( )
  siriaeve | Feb 1, 2010 |
Carlo Ginzburg looks at detailed records from the Roman Inquisition trial of a sixteenth century miller named Menocchio whose heresies include the rejection of the divinity of Christ, the rejection of the idea of Virgin Birth, and an interesting cosmogony in which in the beginning all was chaos out of which emerged a mass "just as cheese is made out of milk--and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels, and among that number of angels there was also God, he too having been created out of that mass at the same time..."(p. 6). The author uses Menocchio's references to books he has read to argue for a relationship between "high" culture and "popular" culture in the lives of peasants such that the peasants are neither accepting unquestioned the culture handed down to them by dominant social groups nor creating spontaneously a self-contained peasant culture. ( )
  TinuvielDancing | Jan 19, 2010 |
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Then there is the fascinating study of Menocchio, the sixteenth-century miller. Historian Carlo Ginzburg anatomizes his intellectual universe by triangulating between Menocchio's few books and the depositions taken at his trial for heresy. In The Cheese and the Worms, Ginzburg combines scholarly excavation with shrewd surmise to suggest how this lettered worker assembled a cosmology--one coprised in part from the rich reserves of the dominantly oral culture, and in part from his intense and methodical, if also fanciful, readings of the few texts he owned.
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