Richard C. Trexler (1932-2007) was one of our era’s most original historians. His modest description of himself as "a social historian with an interest in cultural history" hardly does justice to a career that covered fields as diverse as church history, urban history, historical anthropology and sociology, art history, gender and sexuality studies, and early modern Latin America. The seventeen articles in this collection are inspired by Trexler’s cholarly achievements and pay tribute to a scholar who never tired of pursuing new questions, overturning received assumptions, and sharing his enthusiasm for research with his colleagues and students.
“This volume brings together a collection of excellent scholars whose aim is less to duplicate or confirm Trexler’s results than to follow his modus operandi—that is, to find the cross-cultural issues at the cutting edge of the discipline and experiment methodologically in order to twist things up, down, and around so as to extract more insight and meaning out of them than more conventional methods—or scholars—could discover.”
- Nicholas Terpstra, University of Toronto
“This is a rich collection of articles that pursues some of the central themes of Trexler’s extraordinary body of scholarship. The diverse topics discussed in the volume reflect Trexler’s own work and interests—from Renaissance Italy to pre-colonial Mexico, from youth culture to religious culture, from ceremony to politics.”
- Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara
Peter Arnade is professor of history at California State University, San Marcos.
Michael Rocke is the Nicky Mariano Librarian of the Biblioteca Berenson at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence).
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