Mapping Leopardi: Poetic and Philosophical Intersections
Are you curious about the private laboratory of Giacomo Leopardi, Italy’s greatest modern lyrical poet? Interested in using expert maps to explore it, while deepening your acquaintance with one of the most creative materialist thinkers? This collection of essays makes very original use of the new translation of Leopardi’s Zibaldone di pensieri and investigates its connections to all his other works. Whether your primary interest lies in Italian literature and criticism, linguistics and poetics, the origins of genres such as the fantastic, or in philosophical queries regarding materialism and hedonism, this collection offers original research that will challenge the reader to view this outstanding intellectual in a new light. Offering some of the earliest reflections against anthropocentrism, championing the artist’s interest in the natural sciences, and questioning humanity’s purpose(s) in this world, Leopardi’s work is presented in this volume as an indispensable tool to understand the complexity of Italy’s cultural transformations between the 18th and the 19th centuries.
Emanuela Cervato is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She has published on Goldoni, Pirandello, Interpreting, and Giacomo Leopardi. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of Rivista internazionale di studi leopardiani and Appunti leopardiani.
Mark Epstein is a translator, and has written extensively on Italian culture, literature, film, criticism and philosophy. He has written on materialism, Sebastiano Timpanaro, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Galvano della Volpe. He is on the boards of the journals Bionomina and Sinestesieonline.
Giulia Santi is a Researcher at the Centro Internazionale Insubrico at the Università degli Studi dell’Insubria in Varese, Italy, where she works in Antonia Pozzi’s archive. She has published on Leopardi’s materialism, and Italian philosophers Giulio Preti, Antonio Banfi, and Ludovico Geymonat.
Simona Wright is Professor of Italian at The College of New Jersey, USA. Her publications include works on Italo Calvino, Italian women writers, contemporary Italian poetry, postcolonial studies, and Giacomo Leopardi. She co-organizes the Intersections/Intersezioni Conference and is the President of NEMLA.
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