Giacomo Leopardi's Search For a Common Life Through Poetry: A Different Nobility, A Different Love

Giacomo Leopardi's Search For a Common Life Through Poetry: A Different Nobility, A Different Love

by Frank Rosengarten


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This book traces the life of Giacomo Leopardi by examining four different yet interrelated aspects: his social origins and class in relation to his evolving conception of nobility; the mixture of idealism and misogynism in his attitude toward women and in his conception of love; his poems and prose on the theme of Italian independence; and his philosophical materialism as expressed in his poetry, intellectual diary, and essays. Frank Rosengarten pays particular attention to the ways in which the thought of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche illuminates Leopardi's world view. He also devotes a section of the book to the different personal, moral, and philological components of Leopardi's humanism. Throughout, he maintains a sharp focus on the connections between Leopardi's life and the historical period in which he lived.

The major themes and human concerns expressed in Leopardi's writings relate to his life experiences and to the historical period in which he lived. Of central interest are nobility and love, since Leopardi's perception of these two themes evolved and changed as he acquired a more general and universal conception of life. This fascinating combination of classical and modern perspectives on life and literature is highlighted throughout the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611475050
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 02/09/2012
Series: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Italian Studies Series
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Rosengarten is a professor of Italian studies and the author of numerous publications. His most recent books are The Writings of the Young Marcel Proust, 1885–1900 (2001) and Urbane Revolutionary: C. L. R. James and the Struggle for a New Society (2008).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgments Note on Sources and Translations Introduction Part One Nobility: A Family Legacy and a Lingering Ideal Chapter One Family Connections Chapter Two Poetry and the Heroic Chapter Three A Different Nobility Part Two Leopardi in Love Chapter Four The Languages of Love and Misogyny Chapter Five A Loving Partnership and Consalvo Chapter Six A Different Love Part Three Leopardi as a Poet of the Risorgimento Chapter Seven The Poetry and Rhetoric of Liberal Patriotism Chapter Eight Monaldo and Giacomo Leopardi: a Comparison Chapter Nine Unpleasant, Rancorous Leopardi Chapter Ten Leopardi in a Twentieth-Century Political Context Part Four Leopardi as Poet-Philosopher Chapter Eleven Nihilism, Death, and the Human Condition Chapter Twelve Nietzsche, Lucretius, and Leopardi Chapter Thirteen Leopardi Between Supernaturalism and Materialism Chapter Fourteen How Schopenhauer Illuminates Leopardi Part Five Humanism in Life and Letters Chapter Fifteen Friendship and Classical Studies Chapter Sixteen Women in Leopardi's Intellectual and Sentimental Life Chapter Seventeen Humanism and Society Notes Bibliography Index About the Author

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