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Poetry of Sacred Enchantment in Early Modern Italy

Date and Time: 
Friday, February 18, 2022. 10:00 AM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Board Room and over Zoom
Workshop: 
The Workshop in Poetics
Meeting Description: 

Professor Sarah Prodan (French and Italian, Stanford) will workshop a draft book chapter in a presentation titled “Poetry of Sacred Enchantment in Early Modern Italy.” Professor Armando Maggi (Italian, University of Chicago) will deliver a response. 

This chapter considers the phenomenon of sacred enchantment in nature in early modern Italy and its representation in literature from the epic to the devotional lyric. Attending to poetic descriptions of elevation in wilderness and garden settings, this chapter considers the coincidence of literary topos, religious type, and devotional life in the period through an examination of the writings of Lucrezia Marinella (1571–1653), Torquato Tasso (1544–1594), and Francesca Turini Bufalini (1553–1641). This chapter emerges from Prodan's current book project, Poetics of Piety in Early Modern Italy, which considers the ways in which male and female poets of devotional verse engaged the Word in text, image, and imagination in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It is one of two chapters comprising part three of the monograph, “Pursuing and Possessing the Divine Word,” which is dedicated to narrations and representations of sacred enchantment in the created world. 

This event will take place in the Stanford Humanities Center Board Room and over Zoom. Register here >>
 

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