Emotional Ambivalence across Times and Spaces: Mapping Petrarch’s Intersecting Worlds

  title={Emotional Ambivalence across Times and Spaces: Mapping Petrarch’s Intersecting Worlds},
  author={Paul James},
  pages={104 - 81}
  • P. James
  • Published 1 January 2014
  • Art
  • Exemplaria
Abstract Petrarch stands at the top of Mount Ventoux and proclaims his longing to return home. His soul turns toward Italy. Yet Petrarch has no “home” as such, and Italy does not exist except as a post-imperial territorial designation. There certainly is no Italian nation. How can we understand these paradoxes? How does Petrarch’s passion relate to the question of nation formation? Through an exploration of Petrarch’s emotional responses to Italy, and by tracking his variable senses of space… 


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