Science and Literature in Italian Culture
From Dante to Calvino

Edited by Pierpaolo Antonello and Simon A. Gilson

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

1 June 2004  •  310pp

ISBN: 1-900755-84-X (paperback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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The links between literature and science have been the subject of increasing interest in recent years, as writers and scientists have tried to bridge the gap between 'the two cultures'. In this volume dedicated to the work of Pat Boyde, the distinguished British Dantist, leading scholars from Britain, North America and Italy explore this interdisciplinary movement in Italian literature. The twelve chapters encompass four broad periods - Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment to Positivism, and the Twentieth Century - and examine new connections between the discourses of literature and science in the works of Italy's greatest writers, from Dante to Calvino.

Pierpaolo Antonello is University Lecturer in Italian at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College. Simon A. Gilson is Lecturer in Italian at the University of Warwick.

Reviews:

  • ‘Legenda's elegantly produced volume is all things to all people. It does discuss literature and science, but its miscellany is all the more enjoyable for not being tightly constrained by a potentially dogmatic, even questionable, unifying theme of "L&S".’ — J. R. Woodhouse, Modern Language Review 100.3, 7 July 2005, 845-48 (full text online)
  • Speculum October 2005, 1404)

Contents:

1-12
Introduction. 'A Vocation for Knowledge': Literature, Philosophy, Science and the Italian Canon
Pierpaolo Antonello
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14-52
'Per similitudine di abito scientifico': Dante, Cavalcanti and the Sources of Medieval 'Philosophical' Poetry
Zygmunt G. Barański
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53-71
The Vulgarization of Science: Dante's Meteorology in Context
Alison Cornish
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72-92
Notes on the Presence of Albert the Great in Benvenuto da Imola's Comentum supra Dantis Aldigherij Comoediam
Simon A. Gilson
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94-114
Literature and Science in Leon Battista Alberti's De re aedificatoria
Martin McLaughlin
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115-135
Fracastoro on Syphilis: Science and Poetry in Theory and Practice
Spencer Pearce
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136-154
The Lunar Renaissance: Images of the Moon in Ludovico Ariosto and Giordano Bruno
Simonetta Bassi
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156-177
'Ni trop sèche, ni trop badine': The Difficult Osmosis between Literature and Science in the Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment
Andrea Battistini
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178-203
The Natural Sciences in Leopardi's Early Writings
Gaspare Polizzi
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204-224
'The other in me': Aspects of Darwinism in Italian Literature
Vittorio Roda
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226-253
Rayon/Marinetti
Jeffrey T. Schnapp
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254-275
Networks and Knots: The Discrete and the Continuous in Literature. Italo Calvino and Carlo Emilio Gadda
Mario Porro
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276-291
'Io amo New York': Calvino's Creatively Chaotic City
Guy P. Raffa
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292-294
Bibliography of Publications by Patrick Boyde
Martin McLaughlin
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Bibliography entry:

Antonello, Pierpaolo, and Simon A. Gilson (eds), Science and Literature in Italian Culture: From Dante to Calvino (Cambridge: Legenda, 2004)

First footnote reference: 35 Science and Literature in Italian Culture: From Dante to Calvino, ed. by Pierpaolo Antonello and Simon A. Gilson (Cambridge: Legenda, 2004), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Antonello and Gilson, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Antonello, Pierpaolo, and Simon A. Gilson (eds). 2004. Science and Literature in Italian Culture: From Dante to Calvino (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Antonello and Gilson 2004: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Antonello and Gilson 2004: 21.

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