EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “A ‘non pensato male’: Christopher Columbus and the Italian anxiety around the discovery of America”
Presented by Dr. Erin McCarthy King
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
The four voyages of Christopher Columbus introduced the European continent not only to a land mass that had been unknown to them, but to a conception of the world that required a dramatic paradigmatic shift. The reaction among Italian writers and philosophers was delayed but, in some cases, extreme. While some embraced the idea of the New World, adapting their conception of the ecumene to accommodate these new peoples and lands, others wrote about an existential crisis, questioning the veracity of the Bible and the wisdom of the ancients. In Italian literature, Columbus is depicted as both hero and villain, an accomplished son of Italy as well as a symbol of destruction and unwelcomed change. Join us for an examination of this complex understanding of a pivotal figure in both American and Italian culture.
The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.
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