The Worlds of Petrarch Giuseppe Mazzotta

ISBN: 9781282919792

Published: May 10th 2014

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249 pages


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The Worlds of Petrarch  by  Giuseppe Mazzotta

The Worlds of Petrarch by Giuseppe Mazzotta
May 10th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 249 pages | ISBN: 9781282919792 | 7.27 Mb

At the center of Petrarchs vision, announcing a new way of seeing the world, was the individual, a sense of the self that would one day become the center of modernity as well. This self, however, seemed to be fragmented in Petrarchs work, dividedMoreAt the center of Petrarchs vision, announcing a new way of seeing the world, was the individual, a sense of the self that would one day become the center of modernity as well. This self, however, seemed to be fragmented in Petrarchs work, divided among the worlds of philosophy, faith, and love of the classics, politics, art, and religion, of Italy, France, Greece, and Rome.

In recent decades scholars have explored each of these worlds in depth. In this work, Giuseppe Mazzotta shows for the first time how all these fragmentary explorations relate to each other, how these separate worlds are part of a common vision.Written in a clear and passionate style, The Worlds of Petrarch takes us into the politics of culture, the poetic imagination, into history and ethics, art and music, rhetoric and theology.

With this encyclopedic strategy, Mazzotta is able to demonstrate that the self for Petrarch is not a unified whole but a unity of parts, and, at the same time, that culture emerges not from a consensus but from a conflict of ideas produced by opposition and dark passion. These conflicts, intrinsic to Petrarchs style of thought, lead Mazzotta to a powerful rethinking of the concepts of fragments and unity and, finally, to a new understanding of the relationship between them.Essential to students of Medieval and Renaissance literature, this book will engage anyone interested in the development of modernity as it has evolved in culture and is understood today.



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