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Intellectual Communities and Partnerships in Italy and Europe

Studies in Honour of Mark Davie

Edited By Danielle Hipkins

This book has been inspired by the emphasis that Mark Davie’s studies have put on the cooperative nature of artistic and intellectual pursuits in the humanities. Whilst the importance of connections between intellectuals is often acknowledged in the form of intertextual studies, research into real dialogue between individuals is little researched, partly due to the practical challenges of such research. The ten chapters of this book – written by specialists in different cultures – redress in part this imbalance and offer a new angle on the canon by tracing the impact of concrete partnerships and communities in Italian and European history. The issues that the volume’s contributors keep in mind include: the reasons that artists and intellectuals choose to collaborate; the forms that this collaboration takes; the factors that determine its success; and whether some areas of culture lend themselves to intellectual collaboration better than others.


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Notes on Contributors Marco Bertozzi is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Ferrara and director of the degree programme in Philosophy. His pub- lications include: Filosofia ed economia in Adam Smith (1977); Thomas Hobbes: l’enigma del Leviatano (1983); La tirannia degli astri. Aby Warburg e l’astrologia di Palazzo Schifanoia (1985; new updated edition 1999; reprint 2004). He has written numerous essays on the philosophical and artistic cul- ture of the Renaissance, on the symbolic imaginary of the Malatesta Temple, on the Byzantine philosopher Gemisto Pletone, on Pico della Mirandola, on the concept of melancholy (Dürer, Burton, Warburg, Benjamin), on pantheism and the theme of gnosis in Hans Jonas. He organised a confer- ence on Pico della Mirandola (2004) and promoted the republication of his Works, edited by Eugenio Garin. He has also researched the circumstan- tial method, Siegfried Kracauer, and the relationship between philosophy and detective fiction. His new book, Il detective melanconico e altri saggi filosofici, was published by Feltrinelli in 2008. Jennie Cousins works as a freelance costume designer and researcher. She has completed a PhD in 1950s French Costume Drama at Exeter University and been a Contextual Studies lecturer at Plymouth College of Art. Her recent publications include the book Unstitching the 1950s film à costumes: Hidden Designers, Hidden Meanings (2009) and a contribution to Studies in French Cinema, UK Perspectives 1985–2010 (Intellect, forthcoming), enti- tled Political Threads and Material Memory: Mayo’s Wardrobe for Casque d’or (1952). Danielle Hipkins is Senior Lecturer in Italian...

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