Feb 12 at UCLA: “Love by Hearsay in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature”

Love by Hearsay in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature


Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Royce 306 at 12:00 pm

Is it possible to fall in love with a person one has never met, but has only heard about? This question both fascinated and perplexed Italian writers for centuries. Love by hearsay is very problematic; it appears as a literary topos in works of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, yet it contradicts the mainstream medieval and Renaissance understanding of love as a reaction to a distinctly visual stimulus. In this talk, Dr. Brittany Asaro (California Lutheran University) will focus on Luc’Antonio Ridolfi’s Aretefila (1562), a dialogue that represents the culmination of the perennial tension between literary and philosophical authorities over the question of love by hearsay.

CMRS@HUMNET.UCLA.EDU    |    310-825-1880    |    WWW.CMRS.UCLA.EDU

Advance Registration is not required. Please sign the attendance sheet at the door. No fee.  Seating is limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Use the Self Pay Parking in UCLA Lots 2, 3, and 4

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