Rebuilding post-Revolutionary Italy : Leopardi and Vico's 'New science' / Martina Piperno.
- Other Title:
- Leopardi and Vico's 'New science'
- Oxford : Voltaire Foundation, 
- Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment; 0435-2866 2018:04.
Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment, 0435-2866 ; 2018:04
xiii, 266 pages ; 24 cm.
- Vico, Giambattista, 1668-1744 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Leopardi, Giacomo, 1798-1837 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Vico, Giambattista, 1668-1744. Principi di una scienza nuova.
Leopardi, Giacomo, 1798-1837
Vico, Giambattista, 1668-1744
Principi di una scienza nuova (Vico, Giambattista)
Knowledge, Theory of.
Italy -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
- "The rediscovery of the thought of Giambattista Vico (1668-1774) - especially his New science - is a post-Revolutionary phenomenon. Stressing the elements that keep society together by promoting a sense of belonging, Vico's philosophy helped shape a new Italian identity and intellectual class. Poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) responded perceptively to the spreading and manipulation of Vico's ideas, but to what extent can he be considered Vico's heir? Through examining the reasons behind the success of the New science in early nineteenth-century Italy, Martina Piperno uncovers the cultural trends, debates, and obsessions fostered by Vico's work. She reconstructs the penetration of Vico-related discourses in circles and environments frequented by Leopardi, and establishes and analyses a latent Vico-Leopardi relationship. Her highly original reading sees Leopardi reacting to the tensions of his time, receiving Vico's message indirectly without a need to draw directly from the source. By exploring the oblique influence of Vico's thought on Leopardi, Martina Piperno highlights the unique character of Italian modernity and its tendency to renegotiate tradition and innovation, past and future" --Page v.
- Vico's legacy, Vico's 'heir'
The structure of this work
1. Forms of Italian modernity
The power of the origins
The pride, the origins and the destiny of the nation
Epics, poetry, creation and nation-building
Translating and mediating the ancient world
Was Vico Classicist or Romantic?
Fiction and/as belief
Mytho-logein: Vico and Leopardi as mythologists
Towards 'Alla Primavera': Leopardi's itineraries in myth (1815-1818)
'Alla Primavera': about (un)poetic logic
5. Philology and epos
Florence 1827-1828: refoundation, recovery, reconstruction
Zibaldone 4311-4417: Leopardi inside Homer's system
Rereading Vico in post-Revolutionary Naples: history, progress, perfectibility
'Cantare la religione civile': Vico's ideas in poetry
Regress, disbelief and fable in Leopardi's last works.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-259) and index.
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