Physiology of Love and Other Writings
Physician, anthropologist, travel writer, novelist, politician, Paolo Mantegazza (1831-1910) was probably the most eclectic figure in late-nineteenth century Italian culture. A prolific writer, Mantegazza can be seen as a forerunner of what has come to be known as cultural studies on account of his interdisciplinary approach, his passionate blend of scientific and literary elements in his writings, and his ability to transcend the boundaries between 'high' and 'low' culture. Though extremely popular during his lifetime both in Italy and abroad, Mantegazza's works have not been made available in a significant English language compilation.
This volume is a representative overview of Mantegazza's key works, many of them translated into English for the first time. In addition to the unabridged Physiology of Love (1873), a veritable best-seller at the time of its initial publication, this compilation features selections from Mantegazza's writings on medicine, his travelogues, his epistolary novel One Day in Madeira (1868), and his treatise on materialistic aesthetics. Replete with an extensive and informative introduction by the editor, The Physiology of Love and Other Writings also excerpts Mantegazza's works of science fiction, memoir, and social and cultural criticism.
As an anthology of the works of Paolo Mantegazza, a writer of diverse topical orientations, this volume is also an account of the circulation of ideas and cross-fertilization of disciplines that defined a crucial period of Italian and European cultural life.
- Series: Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library
- World Rights
- Page Count: 528 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.5in x 9.3in
The late Paolo Mantegazza was a physician, anthropologist, travel writer, novelist, and politician. He was a professor of pathology and anthropology.
Nicoletta Pireddu (Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UCLA; Dottorato, English and American Literatures, Ca' Foscari University, Venice) is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on European literary and cultural relations, intellectual history, critical theories, and translation studies, and has been supported by NEH, Howard Foundation, and Borchard Foundation fellowships. She received the American Association for Italian Studies book prize for Antropologi alla corte della bellezza. Decadenza ed economia simbolica nell'Europa fin de siècle (2002), the "Mario Soldati" award for criticism, the Georgetown FLL Distinguished Service Award, and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Other books include The Works of Claudio Magris: Temporary Homes, Mobile Identities, European Borders (2015), and English editions of Paolo Mantegazza's works--The Physiology of Love and Other W
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