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Political Petrarchism: The Rhetorical Fashioning of Community in Early Modern Italy

Steve J. Baker

Title:
Political Petrarchism: The Rhetorical Fashioning of Community in Early Modern Italy
Author(s):
Baker, Steve J.
Thesis Advisor(s):
Cavallo, Jo Ann
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Type:
Theses
Degree:
Ph.D., Columbia University
Department(s):
Italian
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Abstract:
Engaging with a variety of literary and historical sources, in both prose and verse, including letters, chronicles, treaties and the neo-Latin epic, this dissertation examines the centrality of the classically-informed, philosophical idea of friendship (amicitia) in the community-building discourse of Francesco Petrarca's Italy. The first chapter examines Petrarch's treatment of Scipio Africanus as humanistic leader and idealized friend in the Africa. The second chapter proposes a reading of Cola di Rienzo as the first "political Petrarchist" and contextualizes his epistolary campaign to unify mid-fourteenth century Italy. The third chapter explores Petrarch's politics of familiaritas in the letters he addressed to leaders of prominent Italian city-states attempting to reconcile old friends. This study presents an analysis of the rhetorical strategies underlying Petrarch's career as public intellectual, diplomat and poet.
Subject(s):
Romance literature
Comparative literature
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Steve J. Baker, , Political Petrarchism: The Rhetorical Fashioning of Community in Early Modern Italy, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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