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An Early SelfJewish Belonging in Romance Literature, 1499-1627$
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Susanne Zepp

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787451

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787451.001.0001

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An Aesthetics of Love

An Aesthetics of Love

Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi d’amore (1505/1535)

(p.53) Two An Aesthetics of Love
An Early Self

Susanne Zepp

, Insa Kummer
Stanford University Press

This chapter is dedicated to an analysis of Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi d’amore (1505/1535). Their author was Lisbon-born Judah Abrabanel who ranked among the most important philosophers and writers of his time. At the center of his main work written in Italian are contemplations on the essence of love. In three dialogues the two noble characters Filone and Sofia discuss love as a cosmic concept. The chapter attempts to illustrate the simultaneous adoption of components from Christian, Arabic, and Jewish sources as a distinctive feature of this work. Dialoghi d’amore does not contrast new contexts with familiar ones, instead the boundaries between different contexts are eliminated altogether. The text’s representational foundation makes way for a permanent shift of meaning. From this procedural variation, a direct path leads to the literature and literary theory of European Romanticism.

Keywords:   Hybridization, philosophy of love, Jewish philosophy, New Platonism

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