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Ten Steps

Critical Inquiries on Leopardi


Edited By Fabio Camilletti and Paola Cori

This book is a ten-step journey around the thought and poetry of the most sensitive Italian visionary of modernity, Giacomo Leopardi, whose contribution to Western thought has been acclaimed by admirers from Schopenhauer to Nietzsche to Benjamin. A variety of readings, moving between different disciplines and approaches – including film studies, psychoanalysis, and queer theory – shed new light on Leopardi’s fascinating and at the same time epistemologically radical compound of poetic imagination and philosophical complexity. An advocate of an ultra-philosophy, which aims to negotiate the fracture opened in Western imagination by the irrecoverable loss of ancient «illusions», Leopardi’s thought seems more relevant than ever in the post-human era, offering an (un)timely meditation on desire, suffering, and imagination as the foundational features of humanity.
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The publication of this book – hopefully, a further step in the continuous, committed, and lively presence of Italian Studies in Birmingham – was made possible thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Dante Society and the Leopardi Centre at the University of Birmingham, and The Harry C. Davis Fund.

Fabio Camilletti wishes to thank Pauline Julier for having first inspired the essay on Leopardi and Sade, and Michael Caesar, Franco D’Intino, and Alessandro Grilli for the helpful feedback received in the course of its gestation. Paola Cori would like to thank Giulio Giusti for his comments on an early draft of her article on Leopardi and Antonioni. We also wish to thank Pamela Williams for her detailed comments on the introduction, Martina Piperno for her editorial work, the editors of the series for having accepted this book, and all the contributors for their careful work, their patience, and their collaboration in this volume.← ix | x →

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