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.
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