Narratives of Catastrophe in the Early Modern Period: Awareness of Historicity and Emergence of Interpretative Viewpoints

@article{Lavocat2012NarrativesOC,
  title={Narratives of Catastrophe in the Early Modern Period: Awareness of Historicity and Emergence of Interpretative Viewpoints},
  author={Françoise Lavocat},
  journal={Poetics Today},
  year={2012},
  volume={33},
  pages={253-299}
}
When, why, and how do people write about a natural disaster? The article characterizes three ways of narrating catastrophe — allegorical, anecdotal, and historical— and shows that a shift toward the historical narrative takes place at the beginning of the seventeenth century, more precisely around 1630, and mainly in Italy. The most likely explanation is twofold. First, the interpretation of catastrophes no longer relies solely on rehgious explanations, but political and polemical ones are… Expand
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