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The Americas in Italian literature and culture, 1700-1825

Author: Stefania Buccini
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1997.
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The curiosity with which Europeans approached the New World was reflected in the writings of Italian historians, missionaries, travelers, and explorers, who described with fascination the customs of the peoples they encountered in their travels. In this study Stefania Buccini examines the representation of the Americas in Italian literature during the Age of the Enlightenment.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Buccini, Stefania, 1959-
Americas in Italian literature and culture, 1700-1825.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1997
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stefania Buccini
ISBN: 0271014180 9780271014180 0271015136 9780271015132
OCLC Number: 32396566
Language Note: Translation of: Dilemma della Grande Atlantide.
Description: xiii, 226 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Franco Fido --
1. Christian America and "Savage" America. 1. Travelers and Explorers Between Two Centuries. 2. The Comparative Approach: Lafitau, Vico, and Boturini Benaduci --
2. The Alibis of Exoticism: Myth, Parody, Utopia. 1. The Italian Enlightenment and the Denunciation of the Return "To All Fours" 2. The American Indian in Eighteenth-Century Social Debates. 3. Carlo Goldoni's "American" Tragicomedies. 4. The Parody of the "State of Nature": Francesco Cerlone and Ferdinando Degli Obizzi. 5. Pietro Chiari's Primitivism. 6. The Utopia of Peru. 7. Gian Rinaldo Carli's Lettere americane and the Apotheosis of Utopia --
3. Tradition and Revision in Eighteenth-Century Histories of the New World --
4. Italy and the New America.
Other Titles: Dilemma della Grande Atlantide.
Responsibility: Stefania Buccini ; translated by Rosanna Giammanco ; foreword by Franco Fido.
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An analysis of the perception of the New World in Italian literature and culture of the 18th and early 19th centuries. This study begins by analysing the motivations and circumstances behind the  Read more...


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