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Primary texts:

-Francesco Petrarch, Letters on familiar matters = Rerum familiarium libri, translated by Aldo S. Bernardo. XVII-XXIV, Baltimore-London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985.

-Lorenzo Valla, On the Donation of Constantine, translated by G.W. Bowestrock, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2007.

-Torquato Tasso, Discourses on the Heroic Poem, translated with notes by Mariella Cavalchini and Irene Samuel, Clarendon Press, 1973.

-Erasmus, Ciceronianus, in Collected works of Erasmus. Vol.28, Literary and educational writings 6: Ciceronianus, edited by A.H.T. Levi, University of Toronto Press, 1986.

-J. Sadoleto, De Laocoontis statua, ed. by Fr. Lucioli, Jacopo Sadoleto umanista e poeta, Rome: Roma nel Rinascimento, 2014, pp.128-129 (English translation in M. Baxandall, Words for Pictures: Seven Papers on Renaissance Art and Criticism, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003, pp. 98-101. [Note that lines 56-57 are mistranslated])

Secondary sources:

-Entries ‘Humanism’ and ‘Renaissance’, ‘Imitation and Mimesis’ in The Classical Tradition, ed. by A. Grafton et al., Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010.

-H. Baron, From Petrarch to Leonardo Bruni: Studies in Humanistic and Political Literature, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1968.

-R. Black, Renaissance Thought. A Reader (London: Routledge, 2001) [Key articles on ‘The Renaissance’ by anglo-saxon scholars. Several important articles by Kristeller, one of the founding fathers of Renaissance studies]

-K. Brownlee and W. Stephens, Discourses of Authority in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Hanover and London: University Press of England, 1989.

-C. Celenza, The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists, Historians and Latin’s Legacy (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004)

-R. Fubini, Humanism and secularization: from Petrarch to Valla, translated by Martha King (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2003)

-E. Garin, Italian Humanism: Philosophy and Civic Life in the Renaissance, translated by Peter Munz (Wesport, Conn: Greenwood, 1975) [Excellent work by the second founding father of Renaissance studies]

-P. Godman, From Poliziano to Machiavelli: Florentine Humanism in the High Renaissance (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1998) [a good synthesis]

-A. Grafton, Forgers and Critics: Creativity and Duplicity in Western Scholarship, Princeton, 1990

-Thomas M. Greene, The Light of Troy: Imitation and Discovery in Renaissance Poetry, Yale 1982.

-S. Halliwell, The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.

-C. W. Kallendorf, A Companion to the Classical Tradition, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.

-J. Kraye, The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

-A. Mazzocco (ed.), Interpretations of Renaissance Humanism (Leiden: Brill, 2006)

-M. McLaughlin, ‘Humanist Concepts of the Renaissance and the Middle Ages’, Renaissance Studies 2 (1988), 131-142.

-M. L. McLaughlin, Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance: The Theory and Practice of Literary Imitation in Italy from Dante to Bembo, Oxford, 1995. 

-D. Quint, Origin and Originality in Renaissance Literature. Versions of the Source, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1983.

-B. L. Ullman, Studies in the Italian Renaissance, Rome: Storia e letteratura, 1973.

-N. Wilson, From Byzantium to Italy. Greek studies in the Italian Renaissance (London: Duckworth, 1992) [excellent account of the revival of Greek culture in 15th-century Italy]

-R. B. Witt, In the Footsteps of the Ancients: the Origins of Humanism from Lovato to Bruni (Leiden: Brill, 2000)