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Apostles of Modernity: Italian Jesuits As Agents of the Gutenberg Revolution

Apostles of Modernity: Italian Jesuits As Agents of the Gutenberg Revolution
91 Charles Street West, Victoria College, Senior Common Room
Time: Jan 19th, 4:00 pm End: Jan 19th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Italian Studies (FAS), 400-1200, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Talk by Francesco Guardiani (University of Toronto)

Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium and the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies presents

Apostles of Modernity: Italian Jesuits As Agents of the Gutenberg Revolution

This talk opens with the dramatic, self-imposed, rational, modern guidelines for self-analysis of Ignatius's autobiography and letters; it then touches briefly on the practical, didactic side of the Spiritual Exercises, turned educational exercises with Claudio Acquaviva's 1599 Ratio studiorum; and then presents a number of "apostles of modernity," Italian missionaries who used that book and its innovative modern function of cultural emancipation in East Asia and in the Americas.

Francesco Guardiani teaches at St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto. He has authored or edited a number of books and articles dealing with various aspects and periods of Italian literature, but with a preference for the Baroque. Among his books, La meravigliosa retorica dell'Adone di G.B. Marino (1989); Ed. Lectura Marini, venti saggi di diversi sui venti canti dell'"Adone." (1989); Ed. The Sense of Marino: Literature Fine Arts and Music of the Italian Baroque (1994); Ed. Going for Baroque: Cultural Transfor-mations 1550-1650 (1999). He recently edited Francesco Giuseppe Bressani's Breve relatione (2011).

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