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Mostri: la storia e le storie

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  • Mon 07 Oct 2019 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-10-07 11:00 2019-10-07 13:00 Europe/Paris Mostri: la storia e le storie

Book presentation What is the connection between Leonardo da Vinci and the X-Files, via H.P. Lovecraft? Is there a common thread that links Aristotle’s philosophy with Rabelais’ work and Fabrizio De André’s music? The answer is hidden in what Rudolf Wittkower called «the inexhaustible history of monsters». Let us ask ourselves whether monsters actually exist or if they are simply a projection of our fear of not recognising ourselves in the image of the other. What features should be attributed to human beings in order to define them as «monsters»? How does a monster come into being? This book takes us on a fascinating journey through the lives of famous and less well-known monsters, one where it is often not what is perceived as normal that defines the monster but vice versa, like a bewildering visit to a hall of mirrors lost in the mist of time. Monsters show themselves in the full light of day, just as they hide in the darkest recesses of our perception of what we deem to be outside the norm. Monsters are like fairy tales that help us exorcise our fears while offering a sense of our own «normality».

Sala del Torrino DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Torrino

Book presentation What is the connection between Leonardo da Vinci and the X-Files, via H.P. Lovecraft? Is there a common thread that links Aristotle’s philosophy with Rabelais’ work and Fabrizio De André’s music? The answer is hidden in what Rudolf Wittkower called «the inexhaustible history of monsters». Let us ask ourselves whether monsters actually exist or if they are simply a projection of our fear of not recognising ourselves in the image of the other. What features should be attributed to human beings in order to define them as «monsters»? How does a monster come into being? This book takes us on a fascinating journey through the lives of famous and less well-known monsters, one where it is often not what is perceived as normal that defines the monster but vice versa, like a bewildering visit to a hall of mirrors lost in the mist of time. Monsters show themselves in the full light of day, just as they hide in the darkest recesses of our perception of what we deem to be outside the norm. Monsters are like fairy tales that help us exorcise our fears while offering a sense of our own «normality».


Location:
Sala del Torrino

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Stéphane Van Damme

Contact:
Miriam Felicia Curci - Send a mail

Speaker:
Lorenzo Montemagno Ciseri (Independent Scholar)

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