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Viva Dante 700: Che può insegnarci il Sommo Poeta sul lavoro, l'amore, l'arte. e la vita ,Introduzione, seconda parte


Una serie di Reading Room su La Divina Commedia
di Daniel Ross Goodman

La scorsa settimana abbiamo iniziato la nostra introduzione alla Divina Commedia di Dante con le prime tre delle sette lezioni generali che possiamo imparare dall'immortale italiano sul lavoro, l'arte, l'amore, l'educazione, la religione, la politica e la creatività. Ecco i prossimi quattro:

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Arabian Nights and Commercial Culture


by Garth Bond

The classic collection of middle eastern stories known as  The Arabian Nights is not in the Online Library of Liberty, which is perhaps understandable given its emphasis on irresponsible liberties taken and arbitrary exercises of power. 
But inspired by David Quint’s argument (in Epic and Empire) that the romance genre and its wandering adventures contrast the interests of commercial culture to the imperial motives of the teleological epic, I want to make a similar case for The Arabian Nights.

Dante at 700: What the Supreme Poet can teach us about work, love, art, and life, Introduction Part Two


A Reading Room blog series on The Divine Comedy
by Daniel Ross Goodman

Last week we began our introduction to Dante’s Divine Comedy with the first three of the seven overarching lessons that we can learn from the immortal Italian about work, art, love, education, religion, politics, and creativity. Here are the next four:

Luxury and Literature in Shakespeare and Mandeville: Too Much of a Good Thing


by Sarah Skwire

Whenever economic times get tough, the debate over luxury--what defines it and how much of it is too much--reappears as part of public discourse. Photos from this year’s Met Gala, and the recent return of “maximalism” and its “too much of a good thing is a very good start” philosophy to fashion and home decor is certain to spur a whole new round of the debate.