Questions tagged [italian-literature]

For questions regarding literature originally written in Italian.

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How can I understand the second book of “Jerusalem Delivered”?

I am having a really hard time understanding the beginning of book 2 of Jerusalem Delivered (1581) by Torquato Tasso (in the English translation by Edward Fairfax, 1600). Are there methods I need to ...
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Dante Alleghieri's Divine Comedy “has been translated into the most languages in the world & top printed work after the Bible”?

There is a MOOC about Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy by the The University of Naples Federico II, in which a certain professor named Raffaele Giglio starts a video (published in September 2017) in ...
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What does Dante mean here?

When touring Limbo with Virgil, Virgil tells Dante that he and the rest of the virtuous pagans are condemned in Limbo to live eternally without hope. Dante asks his guide, […] "Dear sir, my master,"...
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When was Machiavelli's Art of War first translated into Chinese?

Bookeater recently asked when Sun Zi's Art of War was first adopted outside China. However, Sun Zi was not the only author who wrote a treatise on this topic. Machiavelli wrote Dell'arte della guerra /...
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Why did Machiavelli specifically mention Livy's first ten books in the title of the Discorsi?

The original title of Machiavelli's Discorsi was Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio, literally (according to Wikipedia) "Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livy". "Decade" here refers to ...
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Necessity or benefits of reading Livy before Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy?

Niccolò Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy, written between 1513 and 1519, are not as famous as The Prince, but possibly his best work. Its Italian title, Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio, ...
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Who are “the sons of Brutus” in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy?

Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy is a treatise on government, especially republican government. Machiavelli often cites examples from Roman history (not just from Livy's work), for example, Lucius ...
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Did Dante plagiarize the Divine Comedy from Kitab al-Miraj?

By looking up what the Kitab al-Miraj was, you can see many similarities to the Divine Comedy: a traveler's journey through the afterlife. Is it possible that Dante plagiarized this work?
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In Foucault's Pendulum, which names are allusions to the real world, and which are not?

Foucault's Pendulum has a litany of character names that intrigue me. I wonder where many of them come from. For example, Casaubon, the name of one of the main characters, seems like it comes from ...
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In Foucault's Pendulum, by what method does the translation choose to keep or translate Italian?

Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco was originally written in Italian. Most of the book was translated to English, except for the parts that weren't in Italian to begin with. I understand that ...
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Why does Pinocchio's nose grow?

In chapter 3 of The Adventures of Pinocchio, Geppetto shapes the piece of wood Mastro Cherry had given him into a marionette. When he creates the nose, it starts growing uncontrollably: After the ...
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Understanding the ending of “The Name, the Nose”

Calvino's Under the Jaguar Sun was originally intended to be a complete novel about the five senses, but Calvino died before completing the novel, which was published as an incomplete collection of ...
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Understanding the technique of “lightening” in Calvino's writing

I'm reading the paper "Erasing the Invisible Cities: Italo Calvino and the Violence of Representation" by John Welsh (which you can read for free online). I've read and enjoyed Calvino's Invisible ...
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Meaning of the chapter structure in Calvino's Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino's book Invisible Cities is essentially a collection of descriptions of cities. What I find interesting is that the chapters follow a specific structure. There are ten categories of ...