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Présentation

Italique focuses on the Italian poetry of the Renaissance from Petrarch to the Baroque era: a truly golden age, from the great model of the Rerum Vulgarium fragmenta to the lyrics of the sixteenth century. But it was also an age full of contradictions, in strong conflict with Latin humanism during the “century without poetry” from the death of Petrarch to the reign of Lorenzo the Magnificent. At the end of the sixteenth century, Tasso, Chiabrera and Marino undermined the foundations of the classical models, exploding the lyric forms of Petrarchan inspiration. This Italian poetry, in Latin and the vernacular, stood for centuries as European poetry par excellence, the model for all nations. The intense mannerism, harmonious cadence and stylized diction which once constituted its value and prestige make it often remote from a contemporary taste eager for originality.

The aim of Italique is to contribute to a modern rereading of this extraordinary legacy. The title of the journal alludes to the cursive typography that was one of the great inventions of the Italian Cinquecento. And the journal has an ideal base in the fine collection of rare books that forms the nucleus of the Barbier-Mueller Foundation for the Study of Italian Renaissance Poetry, established in 1997 at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Geneva. Contributions are welcome from all specialists, advanced students as well as senior scholars, in Italian, French, and English. The journal is published annualy, the first volume was published in the fall of 1998.

Latest issue
XIX | 2016