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« Enlightening, Educating, Edifying. Iacopone da Todi’s Intellectual Journey »

Abstract : In more recent scholarship, beside the image of Iacopone da Todi as a genuine, learned poet, who is aware of all the challenges of poetic discourse associated with the transmission of a spiritual message, another image has emerged — that of an intellectual of his day who pondered not only the matter and form he was creating, but also the place he could find in literary history. This notion of Iacopone Todi as involved in political, stylistic, and literary concerns helps to highlight the authorial dignity of the poet and to extend the definition of the intellectual through that of the author in the literary and modern sense of the word. The creative project of the Laude resides in an attempt to combine love of literature and love of God ; literary innovation is part of his spiritual quest. The Laude demonstrate an intellectual journey based on the permanent oscillation between presence in the world and absence from it. The relation to the world which, somewhat ironically, lies somewhere between involvement and detachment. Within this opposition, the prophetic Laude certainly are the « literary demonstration » of Iacopone’s involvement in the religious and civil society of his day. From a similar point of view, in terms of readership and reception, the laudario acquires important pedagogical and didactic relevance that need to be emphasized. According to Iacopone, an individual’s perfection is not merely achieved by the relation of the inner self to itself, but also by the ability to face worldly realities. This perfection is not the outcome of pure instinct, but rather of an enlightening intellectual process. Thus, the poet considers the Laude as the site of the development of a pedagogic action, or even of a pedagogic project, which is integral to genuine « spiritual guidance ».
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Estelle Zunino. « Enlightening, Educating, Edifying. Iacopone da Todi’s Intellectual Journey ». Iacopone da Todi. A collection of Essays, Matteo Leonardi & Alessandro Vettori (Editors), Leiden, Brill, 2021., In press. ⟨hal-03183798⟩

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