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Description - The End of the Poem by Giorgio Agamben

This book, by one of Italy s most important and original contemporary philosophers, represents a broad, general, and ambitious undertaking nothing less than an attempt to rethink the nature of poetic language and to rearticulate relationships among theology, poetry, and philosophy in a tradition of literature initiated by Dante. The author presents literature as a set of formal or linguistic genres that discuss or develop theological issues at a certain distance from the discourse of theology. This distance begins to appear in Virgil and Ovid, but it becomes decisive in Dante and in his decision to write in the vernacular. His vernacular Italian reaches back through classical allusion to the Latin that was in his day the language of theology, but it does so with a difference. It is no accident that in the Commedia Virgil is Dante s guide.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780804730228
ISBN-10: 0804730229
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x mm)
Pages: 164
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Giorgio Agamben

Giorgio Agamben teaches philosophy at the University of Verona. Among his books is Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (Stanford, 1998).

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